In 2009 Geoff began to develop a new focus for his designs based on a philosophy honoring community, economy and ecology. He also wanted to build a stool that he could sit on for hours without feeling pressure on his sit bones (ischial tuberosities). On a visit to the chiropractor Geoff shared his idea and received enthusiastic support during the design process that resulted in a finished stool that seems to have a therapeutic effect for many happy customers.
After sitting in the finished stool our chiropractor wrote:
“Don’t think stool . . . This is an ergonomically designed, doctor evaluated postural support, which eases both spine tension and sitting pressures. An aesthetic balance has been struck between beautiful form and healthy spinal support.”
Kenya suffered a serious back injury as a child and found sitting for long periods playing her cello was uncomfortable. Last fall her mother and brother came to one of our workshops where he made Kenya an Owl Stool as a Christmas gift. When we visited her a few months later she beamed as she described how much more comfortable she is now. She said of the first time she sat in an Owl stool,
“ . . . my back just instantly relaxed, and that had never happened in a chair before.”