Sgabello di Fossacesia #1: Make a Chair From an Oar

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Blog entry by Woodbridge posted 08-14-2014 03:17 AM 2332 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last summer my cousin gave me an old oar and asked if I could use it for one of my projects. It was about eight feet long. I new immediately that I could easily use the oar for one of my chair projects. It fits exactly with the type of chair I like to build – three legs with a tall slender back.

Now there is some family history associated with this oar.

My mother immigrated to Canada in 1949 with her parents, four sisters and brother. Her father’s brother, wife and seven daughters came with them. They were coming from Pescara, a seaside city on Italy’s Adriatic coast. A strategic port city, it was heavily bombed during WWII as the Allies made their way up through Italy. There was not much left there after the war. The two families came to join their brother (my mother’s uncle) who had come to Canada in the 1920s.

Growing up I was fortunate enough to spend all of my summers up at our cottage on Georgian Bay’s Allenwood Beach.

An aunt and uncle also had cottages on the same beach. Allenwood is a large sandy beech and I’m sure it reminded my mother’s family of the beeches they left behind in Pescara.

So each summer weekend was spent at the beach with my cousins, extended family and numerous friends that would come to visit.

My uncle (my mother’s brother), imported an Italian style boat called a Moscone. A Moscone is a pontoon boat with two bench seats on either side of a central platform.

Many hours where spent on the moscone, rowing it and using it as a swimming platform. It was a perfect mobile dock for us as kids we waited for our turn to go water skiing. Unfortunately it is long gone.

However, the oar that I was given came from the moscone. The challenge now was to build a chair that had some meaning.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 08-14-2014 03:23 AM


Alright! A story, a motive, and a plot! Looking forward to the Oar Chair! :<0

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 08-14-2014 03:46 AM

This is going to be interesting Peter And I love the nostalgic part .
I hope there is enough wood in that old oar that has your fingerprints on it that you better preserve .
I will be watching with interest !


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 08-14-2014 04:05 AM

Now THAT is the way to start a story! This will be fun to follow.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 08-14-2014 04:33 AM


What a great story! I would have trouble cutting the oar. Maybe you should reproduce the moscone and then you’ll have an oar to go with it!!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#5 posted 08-14-2014 05:47 AM

This is gonna be good!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 08-14-2014 11:56 AM

Memories like they were just yesterday.
I’m looking forward to more in the series.
Thanks Peter.

-- CC, King City, Ontario

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#7 posted 08-15-2014 12:43 AM

I love projects like this where the wood could tell great stories about its past.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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