The Chairman aka Ben Kruger. Ben has a forestry background, and has a love for woodwork for many years. He has perfected the technique of bending Blackwood to his will, and make it form in the way he needs! Many have tried! Only a few have succeeded to manufacture a quality product worthy of an art gallery!
Manufacturing starts with very careful planning. Selection is key, and a trained eye to know what to cut down, and what to leave for later! We only use "alien" tree species to play our part for conservation. And yes there are closely guarded company trade secrets that only two people know, one is "The Chairman" and the other is not you:-)
We use our local workforce in George Garden Route to help us harvest our material and prepare them for production. Envisioning proportions of a chair is like an artist standing in front of a blank canvas. Ben needs to see each chair before he starts manipulating and bending the lats into submission! Its the combination of technique, artistic intuition and craftsmanship that produces one of the most unique chairs you will ever own! Our chairs are made with great passion, and we sell a little piece of "The Chairman" with every order.
Only once you own a Chairman chair can you fully understand and appreciate the skill and work that goes into making this unique furniture. Not one chair is alike, every chair has that something special about it, its own unique signature.
To quote "The Chairman" - " I do not discard imperfections when selecting my material, its the imperfections that make the furniture perfect"