His shape of stability and assuredness in motion
is what I also wanted embodied in the chair, along with the
quality of being something unique, but with limited need for
deliberation when viewed, the appearance being fundamentally
solid and self explanatory.
If the curves are graceful as an accompaniment,
then I would be thankful. I desired a chair meant to be a rocker
in total purpose from the beginning, not something that evolved
to that from a previous history of being solely a stationary
chair on four legs or other, such that often confuses me with
the mixed messages of both rigidity and motion at the same time.
I liked the first edition of Mr. Natural out of
some very rich Walnut, and so did a few clients of mine, but it
was a bit experimental and eventually encountered some technical
Perhaps those that also work with wood can
pretty easily figure out what those were? I wasn't oblivious to
the possibility of a degree of failure resulting, but the form
was compelling to me, and in the least wanted to test it out.
Following the advice of another R. Crumb character to, "Keep on
truckin'", I thought the basic concept was worth pursuing, and
went on to the next chair edition, also in Walnut, with one
major change that I thought would alleviate the problem that
arose in the previous design, along with a few smaller
proportional ones. This model, seen below, also found a good
reception, and I have made a number of them for people.
It further fulfilled my hope that a comfortable
chair would likely reduce much in the way of hesitation from
purchasing a somewhat expensive object gleaned from a certain
comic book character, were one astute enough to notice the
resemblance. Crumb's Mr. Natural is a man of wit, intrigue, and
charm, but sometimes his associations can be of a somewhat
Perhaps it is somewhat like the Buddha himself,
who after achieving enlightenment, is said to have preferred the
company of hell raisers and drunkards, over the more restrained
type folk that seem more commonly met....