June 2023

The making of – Drop stool in pine

The latest addition to the Drop stool family – the Drop stool in pine – is handcrafted of the finest Solid Scandinavian Pinewood in the cabinetmaker Kristian Frandsens workshop in Denmark. Each block of kiln dried wood is carefully selected from the same tree, split into rough dimension, and stored in a stable climate, given time to stabilize before further processing. When ready, all parts are planed down to final proportion, joining thirty-two components into a single shape.

The material is much more than a tone, growth rings are matched meticulously, arranged so that the lines within the wood intertwine harmoniously, finished with a simple and holistic surface treatment.

The surface is polished with resin-filled shavings, hand planed from the material offcuts made earlier in the process. The approach is similar to the Japanese "udukiri", where fibers used for polishing the surface, enhance the texture of the wood, applying a tactile touch to the surface. The kinetic energy heats up the resin, filling the pores of the wood, applying a subtle, beautiful shine to the surface. In time, the colour of the wood will naturally darken into to a warmer, deeper tone, which can only be described as sunset.

Photography: Kristian Frandsen