Welsh stick chairs are an early or more primative type of solid wooden seat chair, later this evolved into the form referred to as a Windsor chair around the world but in Wales they’re called stick chairs. A stick chair often has carved rather than turned legs and a simplicity that relies on angles and proportion for its beauty.
Originally made by village craftsmen, wheelwrights or carpenters but not specialist chair makers, the old chairs have a wide variety of shapes. They usually include a curved arm, often in the past from a naturally or specially grown piece of timber. The arm is held in place by sticks or spindles set into a substantial oak or elm seat. The legs have a jaunty angle being well set into the seat and this makes the chair look both grounded and alive as if ready to leap up. Here’s some different angle on another Llangrannog Arm Chair – this one is slightly higher backed and has octagonal legs, stretchers and front spindles.
I make high back stick chairs at present although have plans to make low back, rather like a smokers bow as well as some wilder beasts incorporating unusual pieces of wood like some of the existing ancient chairs.
Here’s some picture of those I’ve made to date. The highback stick chairs are made to order and priced from £900 depending on details like the width of the arms and whether you’d like some of your own timber included in the design. My new design, shown in second picture of the first row of pictures below – The Llangrannog armchair – is priced around £1200.