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Project by Benji Reyes posted 02-25-2011 08:54 AM 7509 views 19 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It took 6 years before I could produce another one of this. This is a stylized version of my 2005 classic “Salumpwet” (Butt catcher in Filipino) The seat is carved and gouged top and bottom from a 4 inch thick narra block. The legs, stretchers are of Iron wood. The back rest is steam bent Ebony. the arm rests and crown is sculpted from Balayong. All woods used are reclaimed from old houses as with all of my projects. Have a great weekend guys!

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

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#1 posted 02-25-2011 09:25 AM

Oh, another classic beauty! Your attention to detail of design and construction are unsurpassed.

I love the translation of the name! Callipygian comes to mind. Definately the word to sit and think on.

-- "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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#2 posted 02-25-2011 09:51 AM

WoW!! VEry unique. The name fits. First thing I thought when I saw it was a big rear on a little body to fit in the back rest ;-)) Suppose I never would have thought of that if I hadn’t set in a Honda Oddesy when my wife was looking for a mini-van. I have way too much meat on my upper body to fit in those narrow wrap around seat backs.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 02-25-2011 10:38 AM

Benji, Walang kupas… Still the same hands, style, quality and design that only Benji has. By the way congratulations on the Winter 2011 contest. More power and salumpwet is really fine specially using Balayong.. may favorite wood. Thanks for posting.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 02-25-2011 11:19 AM

Amazing work all the way around on this! The wood is simply beautiful! One to be proud of no doubt!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 02-25-2011 01:12 PM


The seat was carved and gouged from a 4 inch thick narra block? Did you do this by hand? Wow! How long did that take?

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#6 posted 02-25-2011 01:18 PM

Fantastic! One of the most beautiful items made from wood that I’ve ever seen.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#7 posted 02-25-2011 01:52 PM

That would make Maloof proud. Gorgeous chair.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 02-25-2011 02:03 PM

I like the curves of the deep seated bottom, the brilliant use of grain on the arm rests (and the seat), as well as the detailing on the back of the chair. I had to look up the word ‘salumpwet’ even though my wife is Filipino. Great title for the chair.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#9 posted 02-25-2011 03:21 PM

What is there not to like? You did it again Benji….. Beautiful work….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#10 posted 02-25-2011 03:24 PM

Great looking chair! It looks very comfortable. Beautiful wood, and it’s all reclaimed lumber. Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 02-25-2011 03:26 PM

I’m not going to lie, Benji. Your stuff is some of my favorite.

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#12 posted 02-25-2011 04:17 PM


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Benji Reyes

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#13 posted 02-25-2011 04:29 PM

@Timbo, About a week and a half carving it by hand.

Thanks for your comments guys!

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

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#14 posted 02-25-2011 04:30 PM

Wonderful looking chair, no matter what tools you used to create this masterpiece, you can tell it was not
built easily nor quickly. It is difficult to obtain a 4” block of wood that size here, unless you settle for pine,
fir or larch. Cottonwood might work after drying for a year or two, Thank you for sharing and inspiring, this
is definitely one of those “I have to try it even if I can never come close” projects.

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#15 posted 02-25-2011 04:32 PM

Outstanding! I really love your work.

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