Recently I have been challenged to create a chair design of mine in walnut. Since most of my chairs rely on technics that exploit the characteristics of the wood itself to make them then changing the wood can be a challenge or impossible all together.
Here is the chair that I usually make in white oak. This is a perfect wood for so many reasons and works really well for making this back support. The back support is made from a steam bent blank that is 1-1/4″ thick, 3-1/2″ high, and 27-1/2″ long. This takes a tremendous amount of force to bend and a precise setup.
So, when a client wanted this in walnut I wondered if it was possible and just had to see how far I could stretch the possibilities. Before I go into explaining how I got the setup just right to achieve this bend here is a video to show that it is possible.