The idea to make rustic eco bentwood furniture in George in the Southern Cape was born 20 years ago in 1993 after Ben saw some photos in a magazine. Being a wood worker Ben thought it would be fairly easy but it took almost a year of experimenting with different types of wooden laths before he mastered the technique and proportions. After making all kinds of furniture for nearly 2 years as a hobby, the project was shelved and only recently dusted down and is now up and running as a job creation venture.
Blackwood laths (an alien species) are used for all bending work and the frames are all made from Popular laths. The Chairmain’s line of products include: chairs, rockers, bar stools, settees, deck chairs, bed headboards.
In fact, if it can be made of bentwood, we will make it. We keep on playing with ideas!
Quality construction shows up in the fastenings, we only sink galvanised and copper plated rink shank nails into the wood to ensure the sturdiness of the furniture.
Some people prefer the natural wooden look, others like a darker outdoor timber preservative finish. Colour wash finishes are also popular.