Kerrville Texas, November 8, 2014
Now a resident of Austin, Texas for three years, Robert Galusha has received recognition for his latest contribution to the art of woodworking. A follow-up to his second place finish in 2011 with his Mobius Rocker, his Katelin Arm Chair has been awarded first place overall at the Texas Furniture Makers Show at the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center.
Another advancement of woodworking technique, this piece represents the latest application of a unique process developed by Mr. Galusha for the construction of amazingly light yet sturdy furniture. The flow of the lines suggest the organic structure of the tree itself. The effect begs for the touch of the hand and sitting feels like being held.
Robert's Mobius Rocker, created using his own unique process of wood bending, is awarded second place honors for his first time entry to Kerrville's furniture maker's classic. Fine Woodworking Magazine called this work a "fascinating piece of technical wizardry...equally beautiful and elegant." So true!
Comments support chair maker's outstanding contribution to the art of fine woodworking.
This chair is a sculptural exploration of the limits of maple bending technique.
A single plank was deliberately selected without figure so that the design of this piece could stand on its own merits. The compound curves hint at a Mobius strip and where they converge, they hint at the tree from which they came. Using lamination and stream techniques, my purpose was to construct a delicate yet very strong piece with pleasing ergonomics. The ellipse, airfoil and decreasing radius elements transition smoothly from one to the other. The longest lam is just under 10’, the side lams are indexed just as they came from the board and thus the grain (less kerf) is continuous through the section of the front legs back to the arm rest where they separate to form the top arch and rear legs. The seat slats are inset into deep mortises and tapered off the top, so they do not bind when flexed downward with the weight of the occupant, giving a comfortable spring effect.