You are here: Home Homestead Living Art Growing Furniture Growing Furniture by Keiren July 5, 2016, 7:11 pm Train and graft a tree for half a dozen years or so and you have strong, local, one piece (tree) furniture. One piece wood chairs, no joints. Partially planed. The first chairs are expected to be in galleries mid-2017. by FullGrown, UK. One piece tree chair. The trees are harvested in winter and then allowed to dry before planing. The farm is currently growing furniture in willow, ash, oak and sycamore. FullGrown, Derbyshire, UK. These chairs are grown upside down and the exposed cut trunk (up top) reveals the age of the chair. FullGrown, UK. Gavin Munro uses ancient techniques combined with modern technology to grow, graft, prune and nurture living trees into furniture. The trees are trained to grow over specially made forms, and at certain points they are grafted together so that the chair grows into one solid piece. FullGrown, UK. Gavin pruning a tree table. FullGrown, UK. Amazing one piece tree table. FullGrown, UK. Tree table. FullGrown, UK. Tree Lamps. FullGrown, UK. One of the first tree lights. Tree lights growing around molds on the farm. Some lamps and mirror frames will be ready spring of 2016. Tree on form. Good picture showing how back legs are being grafted. The roots will be reused for subsequent chairs. FullGrown, Derbyshire, UK. This is how Gavin first grew his chairs. Starting with four willow plants, one as each leg. He later changed it so that one stem as the source of the whole chair. Their first chair was made from Willow (Salix Viminalis). See a video about Gavin’s work here: inspirationgreen.com/growing-chairs FullGrown, UK. Chair of pear wood from a production orchard. Years of pruning created this shape. For sale, Wolfheze, Netherlands. onthout.nl Tree Stool grown Dr Cattle gives lessons on stool growing. Dr Christopher Cattle. Tree Chair. furnitureatadamsmith.blogspot.nl Upside down willow chair. Branches growing from a willow trunk formed into legs. Trunk was cut and then legs bound and chair inverted. By Dutch designer Floris Wubben. Growing a living willow chair. stoneartblog.blogspot.com Chair Farm by Warner Aisslinger, Berlin. Willow grown in a steel frame in an agricultural lab. aisslinger.de I would imagine the wooden seat will eventually crack. Found on pinterest, no source. Living tree chair by Peter Cook and Becky Northey, Australia. pooktre.com Living tree table by Peter Cook and Becky Northey, Australia. More images on their website: pooktre.com Living tree furniture by Peter Cook and Becky Northey. More images on their website: pooktre.com Tree bench by Richard Reames. Bending stems, tying and grafting with all joints cemented by nature…. arborsmith.com “The Chair that Grew” John Krubsack planted box elders in 1907 and harvested the living chair 11 years later in 1918. He grafted trunks together to create the back, seat, legs and arms. He originally planted 32 trees. The chair is still in perfect shape in a furniture store in Wisconsin. wikipedia.org Some tree species that would be good choices for tree furniture: Alder Ash Beech Cherry Guava Maple Sycamore Willow How to grow a chair from saplings: arborsmith.com About Grafting: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grafting – See more at: https://web.archive.org/web/20160402181058/https://www.inspirationgreen.com/growing-furniture.html#sthash.dUt0YRhX.dpuf See more Previous article Angelo Musco Next article San Francisco Styrofoam Ban is Bigger and Better Written by Keiren Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building. Keiren originally founded Inspiration Green in 2007, which merged with Insteading in 2016. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.