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Ladder Back Chair

Designed and built by Dawson Moore in his northern Michigan workshop, the Ladder Back Chair is made from hand split logs using wedges and axes. Moore is dedicated to a traditional method of green wood chair making whereby the moisture differentials between each part creates mechanically locked permanent joints. Though traditional in construction, Moore adds a contemporary entrant into the rich American history of ladder back seating.

Designer: Dawson Moore

Production: Made to order in by Dawson Moore in northern Michigan

Lead time: 17-19 weeks
Subject to change based on workflow

Materials: Solid domestic red oak + authentic Danish paper cord
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Ladder Back Chair
20 ½"
Seat width
19 ¾"
Seat depth
16 ¾"
Seat height
17 ⅝"
Designed by

Dawson Moore

Dawson Moore lives and works on a 6th generation family farm in Harbor Springs, MI. He has spent the last several years learning traditional methods of working with the local trees, from log to finished everyday household items like spoons, cups, stools and chairs. The work is driven by the joy of using simple hand tools that help maintain a close connection with the wood. The final objects are meant to show plainly both this process and the full potential of the material. Glassy smooth and textured surfaces straight from the tools, and unexpectedly light, flexible components chosen carefully to be the minimum necessary to fulfill their function. 

Moore is inspired by Educational Sloyd, a craft teaching system developed in Sweden in the 1870’s, which emphasizes making projects grow in degree of difficulty over a period of time through the gradual introduction of complexity of shape, procedures and tools. Low instructor intervention is meant to encourage self sufficiency and develop one’s own sense of quality work. Moore teaches sloyd based wood carving courses at a handful of regional Folk Schools.

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