Rietveld Zig Zag Variation 3 – Duncan by Garry Knox Bennett

Rietveld Zig Zag Variation 3 - Duncan by Garry Knox Bennett
Rietveld Zig Zag Variation 3 – Duncan by Garry Knox Bennett

In an interview with Stefano Catalani (SC) Garry (GBK) explains:

SC: After the Shaker-inspired Old Ladderback and New Ladderback, you made the Duncan Rietveld, which is inspired by Duncan Phyfe [Ed. A famous American furniture designer. Note to self: find out if he is related to the famous Fife yacht designers].

GKB: And that’s an easy shape to do. There’s no carving in it, you know. I tried to find somebody who could carve me the back splat, the cherubs. I wanted something really gaudy. I found one guy who would do it, but then he asked, ” What are you going to do with it?” I explained to him and he didn’t want his work messed with. So, I could do it, if I could learn how to sharpen a chisel.

SC: You say that very often.

GKB: Yeah, I know, but they’re hard to sharpen. Some people can sharpen them real quick. Wendell Castle can sharpen a chisel in about five minutes. I could carve something, but it would take forever , and the whole idea here as in most of my work, is not to lavish a lot of time on this stuff. We’re just talking ideas here.

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