*With apologies to Yogi Berra
Well, here we go again with a pair of Roorkhee Chairs, again modeled by the inimitable Peggy Tzu.
Significant differences in these chairs include Wickett & Craig English Bridle Leather, and doubled & hand stitched arm rests. As before, the wood is African Sapele, and the finish is garnet shellac with dark wax.
Wicket & Craig produce what I think are the finest leathers in North America; they have been tanning hides since shortly after the Civil War. The investment in this leather for these chairs is nearly double what I’ve paid in the past. Additional labor is also required as these vegetable tanned leathers are not “shot through” with color, so every freshly cut edge needs dying and burnishing. Finally, I’ve upped the game yet again by doubling and hand stitching the armrests. All this means that the chairs are more expensive, but I think that it’s worth it; I hope you think so too.
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.