Gustav Stickley Morris Chair

Reproduce an Arts & Crafts classic and reward yourself with the ultimate easy chair.

By Robert W. Lang
Pages: 28-35

From the April 2011 issue #189
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In Gustav Stickley’s book Craftsman Homes, there is a picture of this chair with the following caption: “A big deep chair that means comfort to a tired man when he comes home after the day’s work.” First produced around 1906, this chair is an icon of Stickley’s furniture and his philosophy.

Visually, this chair invites you to sit down and relax – a result of the sloping arms and side rails, the warmth and color of the quartersawn white oak and the upholstered seat and back. Few people who see this chair can resist the desire to sit in it. And few who sit in it can rise without regret.

Other manufacturers who knocked off Stickley’s work cut corners and simplified his designs, and many woodworkers look for a way to make a chair like this with simpler joinery. Without the joinery it isn’t a chair like this; it’s something less. There is a reward for doing it right; in this case, the reward for the effort is the chair itself.

Free project plan: Download the Google SketchUp model of this project.
Video: Take a video tour of the Morris Chair.
Upholstery: MorrisChairUpholstery
Web site: Visit Gustav Stickley’s New Jersey home, Craftsman Farms.
To buy: “Exercises in Wood-Working, Part 2” video features Bob wearing a tie.
In our store: Bob’s books and videos are available in our online bookstore.

From the April 2011 issue #189
Buy this issue now