I’ve recently started chair making, exploring vernacular designs specifically from Suffolk. As with any other part of the UK, Suffolk had it’s own distinctive style of chair making which produced designs such as the ‘ball back’ and the ‘Mendlesham’.
These particularly elegant chairs from Suffolk were generally made using a high proportion of joinery techniques and veered away from turned and steam bent components, most often associated with the ‘Windsor’ and other Thames Valley chairs.
The Mendlesham is a 19th Century concoction, usually attributed to the Day family from the village of Mendlesham. It brings together styling from Thames Valley chairs for the seat and legs, and a fine back and arms which is said to be influenced by the Thomas Sheraton style of chair.
My chair making has been generously supported by The Alde Valley Spring Festival