Cotswold Chairs Collection
Most of these chairs illustrated were designed by Ernest
Gimson who revived this old village craft of making
ash chairs with rush seats during the Arts and Crafts
Philip Clissett had been making chairs at Bosbury
in Herefordshire since 1838 and Gimson took lessons
from him in 1890. After establishing his workshops at
Daneway in Gloucestershire he encouraged Edward Gardiner,
a local young man to take up chair making.
Gimson's aim was to prove that well designed and skillfully
executed chairs can be made by trained village craftsmen
and be comparable with the best work of the old time
Also the ash pole so plentifully found in our woodlands
together with the rushes from the river can be wrought
into an article both useful and lasting.
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