Rived oak and Danish cord. Walnut oil finish.
This chair is a direct reproduction of the famous “Jennie” or “JA” chair design by Jennie Alexander.
This chair holds a special significance, aside from its historic form. All of the parts, save for the seat, were made from pieces split and roughed-out by Jennie herself, recovered before the sale of her building after her passing.
The form and plans were taken directly from Alexander’s notes. The graying in the back posts show their age – the posts were likely split out a decade or more ago, and were found in a greyed and heavily aged state.
The only element not borrow from Alexander is the Danish cord seat, which I prefer using over the classic hickory bark bottom, both for its ease of weaving and durability. Truthfully, it’s simply hard and financially prohibitive to get good hickory bark these days.
The rived slats show some beautiful ray fleck. The finish is simply a burnished coat of walnut oil, just enough to bring out the grain without hardly changing the feel of the rived wood.