The Dovetail Stool


Black Walnut

Dimensions: 42cm x 50cm x 24cm

Mastering dovetails is the pinnacle of a cabinetmaker’s skill. It takes a couple of hours to learn how to do dovetails, and a lifetime to perfect them. Normally they are hidden in quality drawer construction, but I wanted to make them highly visible in a decorative way. The advantages of dovetail joints, apart from their beauty, is their phenomenal strength.

Dovetailed stool by Max McCance

‘A furniture maker’s life is full of repetition. I’ve tried to make a virtue of this “problem” by emphasising rather than resisting it. My work is therefore often composed of multiple and layered components. Over the years, these works have become ever-more complex, involving more components, shaped in increasingly complex ways.’

Max McCance