Peggy Tzu and Uli are modeling my two latest creations, a pair of Roorkhee chairs. If you’ve followed my blog, you know that the Roorkhee chair was a staple of the British military forces in India during the 19th century and into the 20th. They are campaign furniture, and can be disassembled and packed away until needed (essentially an elegant camp chair).
Because of the sling seat, the thigh strap and the articulating back, these chairs are extremely comfortable to sit in for long periods of time. Uli is also demonstrating another remarkable feature of this design. Notice the small book under the front leg of the right chair. Because the joinery is all conical mortise and tenon, and not glued, but held with straps and buckles, all the joints of the chair can rotate to accommodate any uneven surface; making them perfect for outdoor venues like concerts, picnics, and British officers’ quarters in the field.
The russet (orange) chair is sold, and headed for Virginia this weekend, but the black one is for sale at the shop.
BTW- The modern renaissance of the Roorkhee chair is entirely due to the efforts of Chris Shwarz who has taught hundreds to make them (including myself), and has freely shared his design and expertise.