"Lola Basyang" Chair

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Project by Benji Reyes posted 02-22-2010 12:48 PM 6159 views 18 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In 2005, I designed, built and named this chair after my great grand father, Severino Reyes ( 1861- 1942). As a story teller and a play wright, He used “Lola Basyang” as his pen name.
The back splats are stack laminated- steambent dao and goes through the seat to function as the back legs of the chair. The Crown is made from molave while the Seat, arm rests and horse shoe base is of Ipil. The front legs and stretchers are all in Yakal. All dowels are in Ebony. I always picture My Great Grandpa on this chair telling stories to dozens of children sitting on the floor around him.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, Instagram benji reyes

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#1 posted 02-22-2010 01:08 PM

Great design, Very Pleasing. You did a great job, looks comfortable.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#2 posted 02-22-2010 01:28 PM


A beautiful testiment to your Great Grandfather. I’m sure countless children were educated and entertained by his stories that enriched their lives. Nice job on the design and the build.


-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#3 posted 02-22-2010 01:49 PM

As usual Benji, you never fail to amaze me with your superb work!

P/S; You don’t mind I save it in my wwing pic’s file, do yo?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 02-22-2010 01:50 PM

Magaling totoo! You’ve done a great collection of chairs and this is one of favorites. I’d like to stop by and see your studio the next time I’m in the PI (Asawa ko ay taga sa San Pablo, Laguna)

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#5 posted 02-22-2010 02:48 PM

Each one seems as good or even better than the last one Benji. I hope you will show us a picture of where you work sometime.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 02-22-2010 02:55 PM

@ sawdust4Blood. Let me know when you’re in town…. kain tayo abobo sa Antipolo!!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, Instagram benji reyes

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#7 posted 02-22-2010 02:55 PM

Now we know who planted the seed of creativity Benji. Great design Compadre Reyes…BC

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#8 posted 02-22-2010 02:56 PM

Unreal! Benji, you`re the man.
Beautiful chair.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#9 posted 02-22-2010 04:07 PM

Beautiful design and workmanship!

-- Dave O.

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#10 posted 02-22-2010 05:33 PM

Very nice design & craftsmanship. Great tribute to your grandfather.

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#11 posted 02-22-2010 05:54 PM

Very cool chair! I’m sure that your grandfather is proud. The way you have upper and lower splats makes it look like a reflection to me.

-- To do is to be

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#12 posted 02-22-2010 07:29 PM

What a wonderful story this is to the creation to this chair. Do you have any of your grandfather’s stories documented? I think a short story engraved in the chair would also be a symbolic touch.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#13 posted 02-22-2010 08:41 PM

Beautifully done and a very fitting tribute to one who no doubt had a great impact on your life.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#14 posted 02-22-2010 10:18 PM

Another great looking chair Benji… Thanks for sharing

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#15 posted 02-23-2010 12:17 AM

Another great one Benji.

Next time I’m in the Philippines we are going to have to meet.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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