Silya ni Pedro " Pedro Chair" ( My father's chair)

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Project by Benji Reyes posted 04-22-2010 10:54 AM 7804 views 22 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi fellow LJ’s The story and concept of this chair always puts a lump on my throat. I would like to share with you one of my most important works.

I designed this chair in ‘96 and named it after my father who we lost to cancer in the US in’85. As all protective fathers are, he never thought that the path I chose would earn me enough to feed a family. Now that I am older and wiser and a father myself, I understand his concerns and believe that It was the drive to prove him wrong that made me successful in my chosen field of art. I design all my chairs and name them for people who are dear to me and have touched my life. He migrated with my family to the US in ‘82 and I didn’t get the chance to see him again. Though we had differences in principles. We had a hidden love and respect for each other. Posting this one for you Pa!

Pedro chair:

Height: 46”
Width: 26”
Depth 21”

The front brace/legs and armrests posts are made from yakal. The steam bent, stack laminated back splat is of ebony (kamagong) The seat, arm rests are of ipil. the crown is Tindalo. The base, and stretchers are done in Dungon ( ironwood) All dowels are in ebony and molave.

” sometimes we have to bend the rules a little… so with this chair’s bends and curves. at the end….... we meet in the middle and level out things…... such is the seat of your chair”.

Have a good day fellow LJS!

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

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#1 posted 04-22-2010 11:47 AM

Wonderful chair with a great story Benji. As the father of two grown men I can certainly relate to your father’s concerns, but it is only natural to feel that way because we always want our children to succeed and avoid any mistakes we might have made ourselves. In reality we should really encourage our children to do what they are interested in. Not many people are lucky enough to work in a field they love, but those who do most often become successful in my opinion. Of course success cannot always be measured in monetary terms as happiness doesn’t rely solely on money. The fact that you had the courage and self confidence to pursue your woodworking and become successful sets a very good example for others.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 04-22-2010 02:26 PM

Benji. Please stop posting your projects, i,m getting an inferiority complex :-) Joke lang! Thanks again for the inspiration to better my work, although i haven,t had much of that over the last couple of months, be glad when this election is over so my customers will loosen their wallets again! Love to visit your workshop one day.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#3 posted 04-22-2010 02:47 PM

Benji you do incredible work and its very kind of you to share it with us; I can only dream of creating such designs and carrying out the excellent craftsmanship. This chair is a fitting tribute to your father, who no doubt, still affects you today. All sons should find their own way, as you have done.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 04-22-2010 03:35 PM

Benji, another great one. I like the story. It takes a brave young man to imbark on a career that his father is not sure of. Your father must have instealed the selfconfidence in you needed to persue a career path you love and do so very well. I had a simular conversation with my Dad. Great story and a beautiful chair. When are you going to teach us a few bent wood chair basics? Thanks

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#5 posted 04-22-2010 03:55 PM

That’s different. Very nice.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 04-22-2010 04:45 PM

Outstanding !!!! I love your work Benji and I know your Dad would be Very proud of you.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#7 posted 04-22-2010 05:29 PM

This is a beautiful chair design and fabrication and the story behind it is even more beautiful. It’s so easy for us to take advantage of relationships and not realize we should cherish and nourish them while the people are alive. Thank you for reminding us.

I’m sure your father was a wise and loving man. I can envision you father sitting in this, leaning his back into it, elbows resting on the ample arm rests with legs stretched out and ankles crossed, just like your photo sitting on the seatee. A very handsome site.

-- "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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#8 posted 04-22-2010 06:13 PM

Great looking chair, Benji. Your father would be proud to sit on it all day, if he’s around.
Great story, too.
My dad died when I was 4 I don’t recall much about him. But he was a carpenter.
Maybe that’s why I love woodworking.

-- Armando Senson, Virginia Beach, VA

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#9 posted 04-22-2010 06:20 PM

Wonderful story – beautiful chair. Your father is happy and proud of his son. Some day I hope to have the skills to build a fine chair in tribute to my dad.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#10 posted 04-22-2010 07:20 PM

Very wonderful and creative as you are!


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#11 posted 04-23-2010 11:45 AM

Again artist has spoken!! Really nice chair!


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#12 posted 04-23-2010 04:27 PM

Love it. Touching story and inspirational chair. I wish you Dad could have sat in this one.

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

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#13 posted 05-06-2010 04:15 AM

Very nice chair with a touching story , I have been off the scene for a while due to my Mum passing back in Ireland and Im working full time to the end of May .

-- Do you like it here or would you rather be working ? . [email protected]

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#14 posted 12-29-2012 11:18 PM

i didnt know you had lost your dad and im sorry for that, i know how it feels as i lost my father to cancer also, and our relationship was just starting to heal from some years of us both being distant, but like your father and mine they knew there was our love, and i believe we will see them again..and your relationship will continue..the chair is beautiful and like all of your pieces, its artful beauty sings out…im really happy that i found lumberjocks when i did, and being able to become friends with a wood worker like you is so inspiring..and as you know your artistic ability touches people in a whole different way then just beautiful furniture, because these beautiful pieces come from a heart that loves and your soul is in each piece…sorry to ramble…your wood work inspires me a lot, and so do you…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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