It takes an entire civilization to build a simple wood stool. I found this out the hard way by attempting to build furniture completely from scratch just using my body. From felling a tree with my bare hands to carving the wood using any means necessary, I realized that perhaps we as a culture are too reliant on our interconnected society.
Designer: Nicholas Bentel
This stool is made entirely by chewing, scratching and chipping at found natural materials.
The bottom details of the stool in which no screws, glue or shimming were used.
Felling the tree
A typical stool bought online
The pieces of the stool made from scratch
Testing the different woods
When you buy any generic stool in the store, it is typically made from parts from all over the world. The processes and resources it takes just to bring a simple stool to your doorstep are immense. Consumers are completely unaware of the global systems we have become so reliant upon. Have we lost our understanding of how to produce products with what we have?
In this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPIexiGO3_k&t=1s), I design and create a stool made completely from scratch without using any machinery or tools. I just use my body for every possible step. To begin, I went into the woods and used my bare hands to knock down trees for lumber. This proved to be a lot harder then I expected, especially when trying to carry the wood back to the wood shop.
I then used every possible method to try to carve the wood to a precise measurement. This included biting and chewing on the wood to shape it. I even asked professional woodworkers to guide me along the way. In the end, we had to completely redesign the stool to conform to my bodies abilities.
Is it possible to survive without our everyday objects? Can we reinsert the human back into the human experience? This stool project is the first part of a six part series I am launching about design and how we as humans can become human again.