The Irish Block stool is patterned on the traditional Irish sligo or taun, a three legged chair used by the common people who were not so fortunate as to have level floors. Honouring the Irish immigrants that first settled the Irish Block, where my shop is located, it is the first of my stools to incorporate a back rest. The back is formed from steam bent ash and joined to the seat with a wedged mortise, and to the undercarriage with a wedged tenon. The seat is another example where I am experimenting with what material I can remove while still achieving remarkable comfort. Like all my other stools, it has a deeply carved (tractor) seat, the hallmark of fine quality Windsor chair, and incorporated tapered wedged tenons in the legs, ensuring that the legs will never ever wobble, not in 50 years, not in 100 years.
Standard seat height is 24″ but, as with all the stools, seat height can be made to fit your particular needs – typically 12″ lower than the height of the surface it will be used with. The back rest is 11″ higher than the seat. Made from solid ash as it bends well, other contrasting woods could be used for other parts. I prefer to use a clear custom chair finish or to first colour the wood with wood dyes before top coating as dyes soak into the wood and wear better, especially on the foot rest. Conventional stains, by contrast, merely sit on the surface of the wood, but the finish can be modified to suit your needs. 35″ H x 20″ W x 20″ D (overall dimensions will vary if the height is changed)