Childrens garden furniture - Story tellers chair and benches

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Project by madburg posted 03-08-2016 10:21 AM 1543 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a commission I did a few years ago for my local primary school – Jarrahdale Primary School. They were making a garden, in remembrance of a well loved member of staff who had recently died, and wanted some appropriate garden furniture to put in it.

We can up with the idea of a ‘Story tellers’ chair – Maxine’s chair, and some benches that could be grouped around it while staff read stories to the children. The chunky Story Tellers chair was made to be imposing. Its huge and though I’m 6 ft tall, my feet don’t touch the floor when I’m seated!!

The chair and benches are all made from local jarrah, and screwed together. They are decorated with nursery rhyme phrases and related pictures, which are routed into their surfaces! Some of the rhymes are typically Australian, if you were wondering why you didn’t recognise some of them!

Thanks for looking.

-- Madburg WA

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#1 posted 03-08-2016 03:04 PM

What a great idea and a fine memorial. I can only imagine how heavy the chair is. I remember moving a Jarrah chair to sit down at a table at Leeuwin Estate winery. It was elegant and finely built but it was impressively heavy. The story teller’s chair must require a fork lift!
As always, very nice work.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 03-08-2016 04:40 PM

That is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 03-08-2016 04:44 PM

Wonderful concept. I can see this catching on in a lot of areas as the LJ membership reads this posting.
Well done!!!

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 03-08-2016 09:56 PM

Delightful idea and execution of this memorial set. It is beautiful.
Enrico Caruso

-- Enrico, Stow OHIO

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#5 posted 03-09-2016 05:40 AM

So Paul, imagine a Chevy made out of Jarrah. I got to make the school a lectern/podium as well for the children to us in their assemblies – a bit like a three step stool so there was an appropriate step to suite the high of the child! I’ll see if I can find some pictures!

-- Madburg WA

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