The form would be created from a solid piece of extruded cork if this were to be made in industry. However I had to take different methods and create new solutions for making a prototype that displayed the constraints of my design.
calf form - cork
I was not able to get hold of a solid piece of cork so instead I blocked up 18mm sheets to create one solid form. I cut some pieces out on the bottom to make a space for my plywood base to sit.
I lined up the stencil and drew on the shape of my side extrusion.
I divided the model in two to make it easier to rasp the cork into a shape.
I used the rasp to create the shape in the cork block.
I glued all the pieces together to make the full form.
cow form - blue foam (prototyping)
I didn't manage to get enough cork to make the larger 'mother cow' stool so for the purpose of my prototype and to show shape I used blue foam and used the same method as the cork but shaped using the wire cutter rather than the rasp.
Overall I felt the choice for using cork as a plant-based alternative to upholstery foam because it held its shape and is a more environmental solution for upholstery.
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