Irish Rock'n Chair

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Project by Farragher posted 05-02-2014 01:09 AM 2487 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I designed and made for University. The brief was a reading chair with any theme. Music is my passion but my taste in music collides! I love Irish Traditional Music but I also love Rock music.

I decided to mash the two genres together and came up with the design. The chair ‘Rocks’ and the legs are in the shape of the ‘Irish Harp’. Hence ‘Irish Rock’n Chair’

It is made from Mohogany and locally sourced Spalted Beech with steel bars sprayed gold as the harp’s ‘strings’, also holding the suspended seat in place. Finished in clear varnish.

There is a Celtic carving there in the back rest also which is the symbol for ‘everlasting’ which refers back to the reading chair theme; a good book will have an everlasting effect on the reader.

Can you spot the secret compartment?*

My first post, go easy on me!

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#1 posted 05-02-2014 02:12 AM

Never seen anything like this, but is very interesting to look at and appears to be very comfy to sit in, great pice

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#2 posted 05-02-2014 02:23 AM

That’s a very original and interesting looking piece! I’m not sure the proportions are quite right but maybe that’s just me. I also play (really played) ITM myself—wooden flute, of course!

And it wouldn’t be much of a secret compartment if we could spot it! But my guess is under the spalted beech on the armrests.

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#3 posted 05-02-2014 03:17 AM

Excellent work – and an impressive first post.
Judging by the second photo, and the chair behind it, I think the proportions look good for a low riding reading chair. The first photo may just be an off angle.

Agree on the armrests – that’s my only guess at the secret compartment.

-- Shane - Dublin, OH

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#4 posted 05-02-2014 09:31 AM

Cheers guys, great feedback. Yes I’m very happy with the results. I made it last year but only getting round to uploading it now. I assure you the proportions are correct, bad camera angle.

RE: Secret Compartment…... Keep guessing!

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#5 posted 05-02-2014 10:20 AM

Very cool design.

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#6 posted 05-02-2014 12:19 PM

The secret compartment is in the backrest ^_^

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#7 posted 05-02-2014 07:11 PM

Very unique, nice work.

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#8 posted 05-02-2014 07:45 PM

that’s quite the original piece…

Where’s the cup holder for your green beer? :^p

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#9 posted 05-02-2014 10:09 PM

I like interesting and unique chairs and this is one of them. I think it is real cool. I like the shape of the sides/rockers and the addition of the spalted wood to the arm rest is a nice features that ties the rest of the chair to the back. Well done!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 05-02-2014 10:17 PM

Go easy? Let me be brutally frank! That is a very original idea, and a great looking chair.

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#11 posted 05-02-2014 10:48 PM

I like the design. I like your choice of woods. I REALLY like the fact that you are promoting reading!
Great job, keep up the great work.

-- Leafherder

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#12 posted 05-02-2014 11:10 PM

A beautiful design and very well made! Love the carving of the trinity knot. I would have guessed the back rest for the secret compartment given the depth of it. I love the wood choices. Welcome to LJ’s and keeping posting your creations.

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#13 posted 05-03-2014 12:15 AM

Man that’s an interesting looking chair! Looks very comfortable, too!

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#14 posted 05-03-2014 01:26 AM

Impressive chair. Love the design and the fact that each part has a theme.

I think the secret compartment is under the seat. Looks like the wood piece on the front can pull/slide out. Maybe a good place to keep a book?

-- Dale

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#15 posted 05-03-2014 05:29 AM

I like it. The mock up looks comfortable but the actual chair seat looks too small and too far forward. If it were as deep as the cushion I think it would be alright.

-- Rick M,

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