" Silya ni Careng" Carina's arm chair

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Project by Benji Reyes posted 03-24-2010 09:59 AM 8344 views 26 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished one of this and I’m able to shoot better pictures for my catalogue and share with my fellow wood lovers.

In 1998, I designed and named this armchair after my best friend and wife “Carina” or ” Careng”, as her close friends call her…........That’s boss for me! LOL!!!! I also produce this design in two and three seaters and is part of my production line catalogue.

The seat and back slats are steam bent ipil. The back rest employs my bow flex concept same as the “silya ni Noel ’ and most of the chairs i design. These back rests flex and has a little give when you lean on it (The sensation is sort of… the chair saying ” Welcome!....have a seat!)

The crown is Saplungan with an oval ebony ( kamagong) inlay. I used Yakal for the legs and seat ends where the back and seat slats are tenoned unto. Yakal is a very durable wood and is mostly used for building posts and trusses. The side panels are in “Kamagong” or Ebony

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

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#1 posted 03-24-2010 10:50 AM

You never cease to amaze me.. these designs… all of them…. are outstanding…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 03-24-2010 11:10 AM

I like it’s like a sam morris… influenced by asian and green and green…
funky. i’ll have one.

-- Daniel -

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#3 posted 03-24-2010 11:49 AM


Every piece you post is outstanding, I wish I had your skills and creativity in design. Can I ask how long it takes to go from concept to finished prototype?



-- Derek Tay, Venerate the Tree Design

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#4 posted 03-24-2010 12:34 PM

Great design. nice job.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#5 posted 03-24-2010 01:35 PM

your work is truly unique, thanks for sharing

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#6 posted 03-24-2010 02:07 PM

Hi Benji….................I love this one too, it looks like a very comfortable chair, one that you could sit in for hours reading a good book, or sitting and talking with good friends. It’s beautiful Benji, as always, Bravo… my wood Buddy!


-- Robin Renee'

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#7 posted 03-24-2010 02:09 PM

I love it great work, or should I say nice piece of art—Ron

-- Ron - Would Make It 4 You

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#8 posted 03-24-2010 02:56 PM

Another wonderful design! I really like the pattern under the arms…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 03-24-2010 03:13 PM

Benji, I’m running out of compliments for your designs and work. As always, I’m in awe.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#10 posted 03-24-2010 03:48 PM

@ Beaudex, The concept and creation works hand in hand to come into fruition. I normally start with a concept and a few sketches. most of the great ideas kick in once I start cutting and assembling components. It usually takes 2-3 prototypes to make a perfect chair or… that I’m happy with. The balancing of Aesthetics and function or Ergonomics for chairs is the most difficult and fun part of the process add on to that the principles and science of structural soundness. The whole process from start to finish would take about 3-5 months. Well worth the time and money put in considering in your life time the number of orders you can get per successful design.

@ Nice to see you back Robin. I guess you’ve been busy working on your beautiful home.

Thanks for the compliments guys!

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

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#11 posted 03-24-2010 03:53 PM

Insufferable talent! Thank you for sharing. It’s designs and unique ideas such as this that stimulates an errant neuron or two of ours and thus elevates our craft.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#12 posted 03-24-2010 06:07 PM

What gorgeous work Benji. Quite a compliment to name something that great after your wife. I’m sure she’s pleased.

Keep up with the great work!

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#13 posted 03-24-2010 06:18 PM

Wonderful adaptation of the Arts-n-Crafts style Morris chair. I absolutely love it.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#14 posted 03-24-2010 07:03 PM

Beautiful. Great legs!

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#15 posted 03-24-2010 07:12 PM

Wow. She is beautiful. As always, your work is amazing. You are an amazing artist. Thanks for hanging out with us.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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