Jane Smith


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The Crack Chair -Elm & Ash

One chair started with a crack, an old wound in a plank of Scottish elm rejected by the veneer industry. It appears to resemble a river valley, animal track or vein of a leaf and when placed in front of a window, lets a slice of light through. The back flexes when it is leant against and is detachable revealing a handle for picking up the chair, or converting into a stool. Four legs are cleft from one curved log of herefordshire ash and held in place by oak wedges made on 100 year old lathes from a Brockhampton barn roof.

Artist, Chair maker & Poet

I live and work in Brockhampton, near Ross on Wye, making one off sculptural chairs from native hardwood. Using only hand tools such as bow saws, drawknives, adzes and spokeshaves. The design of each chair comes entirely from the wood, evolving as I follow the natural curves and character of the tree.


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