After being on the to-do list for about 6 years, I finally had the time and opportunity to build Norm's Morris chair.
The Morris chair was invented by Gustav Stickley in 1912 and his company still makes them today, for $3900 each, with a 9 month delivery estimate... Norm's plan departs from the classic Stickley design by
having level armrests, whereas Stickley's slope down toward the back.
I built mine out of Mesquite wood.
Unfortunately most people in Texas use mesquite to cook cows on their BBQs. It acts a lot like oak in the tools but has an amazing deep, swirly grain and often has cracks and voids which are typically filled with black epoxy. Color ranges from greyish brown to reddish brown to dark brown.
I got my stock from two sawmills in the Austin area, both charge $8 per board-foot and I had the pick of the pieces I wanted. Below is what $220 of select mesquite looks like.... I definitely got too much
but now I have the stock available when I build the matching ottoman, which is strangely not included in Norm's plan.