With the right artistic vision, an ordinary tree stump can become something magnificent. In 2014, Alex Johnson demonstrated this with his chair called Glemham I, which he carved out of a large oak stump. It took the craftsman six months to complete his wooden creation by hand using everyday tools like a chisel and gouge.
The Glemham I was produced during a residency at White House Farm, which is the seasonal home of The Alde Valley Spring Festival near Great Glemham, England. Its stump was harvested from the farm and felled by a local timber man. Johnson then began slowly shaping and forming the wood into a elegant piece of furniture, with curved arms that flow into intricate flourishes adorning the base of the chair.
After completing the carving, Glemham I was debuted at the annual Festival Exhibition and now resides in the farm’s old Threshing Barn.