Rustic Spring Stools

These rusty old springs were found rotting in a pile when I came across them. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with them at the time but knew it could only be a good outcome. With a bit of a polish and some ingenuity, a set of industrial stools were born.

Client: Private buyers

Made: Early 2014

Industrial Spring Stools - Reclaimed Rustic Furniture Sheffield
Industrial Spring Stools - Reclaimed Rustic Furniture Scaffold UK

These spring stools have brought a lot of attention to themselves at various shows and exhibitions, many people guess that the springs belonged to an old train or truck. In actual fact their job was to provide suspension to a vibrating screen, an enormous piece of machinery used to sort aggregate into it’s different grades. Quite an odd source, but I’m happy to have come across them!

To add to the tactile nature of the rough steel springs, I machined down and jointed some decommissioned scaffold planks to make the stool seats. Sanded and polished to a smooth finish, the scaffold planks expose their beautiful grain and rich historical background.

With a little more digging around, some redundant car disc brakes were sourced to make the bases. These were buffed up and polished to seal the character of the metal in.

Industrial Spring Stools - Reclaimed Rustic Furniture Scaffold UK
Industrial Spring Stools - Reclaimed Rustic Furniture Scaffold UK
Industrial Spring Stools - Reclaimed Rustic Furniture Scaffold UK

To bring the spring stools elements into harmony, threaded rod was used to join the scaffold planks to the disc brake bases. This allowed the tension of the spring to be adjusted to eliminate wobble and give a more comfortable seat.

Industrial Spring Stools - Reclaimed Rustic Furniture Scaffold UK

These stools were a limited edition of 8. All of which have been sold to private buyers of Metal & Dust.

If you are interested in commissioning something similar, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Due to the nature and availability of the materials used in our projects, the chances of reproduction are relative to our access to interesting materials and sources. If you think you know where there’s some materials of interest, don’t hesitate to let us know! We also make furniture from materials provided by the customer, to maintain heritage and a connection to it’s space.

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