Comb-back in Green Linseed Oil Paint – Lost Art Press

The green paint can appear almost black in some light.

I’ve used linseed oil paint on casework for some time; this is my first chair using the stuff. This comb-back is painted with Holkham green from Allbäck. On top of the paint is a thin coat of beeswax and washed linseed oil.

I am pleased by the result. The hand-brushed paint shows the grain’s figure. And it has a smooth feel, without being plastic-y. Like all hand jobs (no pun intended), the paint is not perfect. Some very small areas are worn a bit, especially on the chair’s facets. I like the look. It will only look better as it ages – that’s one of the many charms of linseed oil paint.

This chair is built with a mix of woods: red elm for the seat, undercarriage and comb. The armbow is red oak. The sticks are ash. All parts are sawn or rived for maximum strength. All the housed joints use animal glue (Death Grip, to be exact). It is reversible, should repairs become necessary in a few dozen years.

The chair is set up for general use. The back tilts at 14°, and the seat tilts back 5°. The seat height is 16-3/4”, offering 19” between the arms. The chair is 40” tall overall. If you need the seat lowered, I am happy to do that – no extra charge.

Or you could run some thread through the crease….

The hands of the chair feature an unusual crease detail that I saw on a chair at St Fagans National Museum of Wales in the museum’s storerooms. It is decorative. But, yes you could perch a cigarette there.

I am selling this chair via a random drawing. 

Purchasing the Chair

The chair is $1,650 plus $250 shipping to your door in the lower 48. (I’m sorry but the chair cannot be shipped outside the U.S.) If you wish to buy the chair, send an email with the subject line “green-comb back” to before 5 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, Sept. 14. In the email please include your:

  • First name and last name
  • U.S. shipping address
  • Daytime phone number (this is for the trucking quote only)

After all the emails have arrived, we will pick a winner that evening via a random drawing.

If you are the “winner,” the chair can be picked up at our storefront for free. Or we can ship it to you via common carrier. We now charge a flat $250 to ship a chair anywhere in the lower 48 states.

— Christopher Schwarz

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