GFWC Chair-ity Auction Donation 2011: Queen Victoria's Secret Steampunk Tinntinabulator

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Project by Lee Barker posted 03-15-2011 11:03 PM 5365 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You can pick your own chair or they’ll hand you one. Most of the artists end up carving on them or painting. When the high school art students get involved, there us much more decorating and embellishment.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs holds this event yearly. The beneficiary of the money generated may vary from year to year. For 2011 it is the Sparrow Clubs of Central Oregon. These ladies do a top-drawer job of promoting the event by displaying the chairs all together at a downtown Art Walk as well as several other functions. Interstitially the chairs are on display at various businesses to create a little buzz among potential bidders.

Some details here: The dashboard, which is mounted on aluminum tubing from a walker, lifts up with the same geometry as a vintage high chair. The controls are non functional, but the crank does rotate on the dial which shows the days of the week. The brass valve reminds me of the gas petcocks in the chemistry lab in high school.

The only items purchased new were two brass tees which connect the soft copper from the headpiece to the aluminum endless spiral which contains the brass pipe. Many of the visible parts were purchased at thrift stores and garage sales. I have boxes of the stuff. Come and get it.

The Farberware barbecue spit motor, seen at the lower left side of the chair, does operate. The rotation traverses two universal joints and terminates at the disk which keeps six brass bells in play. Sometimes the notes cascade, sometimes there are innocent little bingles.

Now you’ve seen it. Queen Victoria’s Secret Steampunk Tinntinabulator. Plug it in. Sit down. Turn it on. Get all bingley.

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#1 posted 03-16-2011 03:57 PM

Great chair, at first I thought it was the officials seat for the annual Crepitation contest judges, but then
I realized the pressure gauges were missing. Good project for a good cause and its nice to let the
imagination wander at all times. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 03-17-2011 02:45 PM

Looks like a child sized electric chair. Are you from Texas? HA-Ha-HA! Sorry. It’s very nice!

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#3 posted 03-17-2011 06:00 PM

Fantabulous device there, Lee. Looking like an early prototype for a Wells time machine but far more splendiferous in every way.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 03-18-2011 02:34 AM

This is a far nicer tinntinabulator than the

Smaller modern ones that just run on batteries

I bet it can deliver a really whopping ” Bingley ” !

Nice work, my humorosity is satiated

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#5 posted 08-22-2012 11:01 PM

but ah, does it work
It is a nice piece of engineering either way

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