George chair

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Project by andyboy posted 05-29-2012 09:49 AM 2901 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here it is and it works. I have tested it with some who weigh considerably more than I and it didn’t even creek. It has been really cool making a project like this and feeling a tiny bit of what the original designer was experiencing. The chair is so wrong to look at in terms of whether it will hold you up or not. Canoid is a funny name George named them. Faith chair is what I might call mine. You need a step of faith to sit on it. The seat center is Blue Atlas Cedar and the legs and rest of the chair is Matai. Matai is a very durable hard native to NZ softwood.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#1 posted 05-29-2012 10:24 AM

cool looking chair, would look good with a “floating top table”

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 05-29-2012 10:29 AM

Beautiful job. Yes, that’s a very unique design.

I imagine some people wouldn’t want to sit on it.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Henrik Oscarsson

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#3 posted 05-29-2012 11:40 AM

ooh that is a beautiful chair! very unique, very neat. i like it alot .
good work
/ Henrik

-- Henrik - Stockholm, Sweden

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 05-29-2012 11:47 AM

I would be afraid to sit on it. I’m kinda in that bigger category. I’m sure it’s fine, George wouldn’t put his name on it if it wouldn’t hold.

You did a great job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 05-29-2012 12:25 PM

Andy thats beautiful and well done. Very interesting design. Thanks for the progress videos.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#6 posted 05-29-2012 01:08 PM

I can understand you naming it the faith chair. That joint holding the seat to the upright has to be real
tight and made from a good hardwood to take the strain. As long as a person sat all the way back in the
chair it would be plenty strong, but with my luck, if I built one, someone would set on the front edge and
bounce. My version would have to have braces coming from the upright to the seat and floor support
looking like a “K”. before I could trust it. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 05-29-2012 01:18 PM

I like to build unconventional chars, and have done some three legged chairs. Like you I wondered if it would collapse when someone sat down. I’m certainly adding this two leg version to my list. Great job on a very interesting chair.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 05-29-2012 01:48 PM

A leap of faith, an inspiration, some heart, and soul. George is smiling Mr. Halewood. You done your name proud!

The end is a beginning on the journey!

I’ll drink to your success!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 05-29-2012 02:50 PM

Fabulous! I looks as though it should fall over even without a person perched on the seat! it is lovely and certain to become a conversation piece and object of great curiousity.

ETA: I just looked at the same style chairs by the master himself, and yours looks every bit as nice:

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#10 posted 05-29-2012 04:19 PM

Interesting and a bit scary. I wonder if insurance companies will cover you on the liability in a case of structural failure? Maybe you could require signed waivers before letting people use it. (-:

I have made some childens chairs (18 to date) with an adjustable seat height along the same lines but I would not recommend anyone over 120 pounds setting on them although I have tested them with my 180 pounds. You can find pictures and drawings in my projects if you are interested.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#11 posted 05-29-2012 04:24 PM

This is amazing Andy. Lovely work, And a great finish!

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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woodshaver Tony C

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#12 posted 05-29-2012 06:24 PM

Nice work Andy!
I can’t help to think it should be called a wallabee chair. It’s a great looking piece, it plays with your mind and I like that.
Thanks for taking the time to show us how you built it!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 05-29-2012 11:45 PM

cool chair , Andy!!.......................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 05-30-2012 05:01 AM

very nice work! i am one of the lucky ones to have sat in this! it is amazing, comfy and sturdy! love the colors and craftsmanship!!!!!!! good stuff andy

-- RD

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Jorge G.

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#15 posted 05-30-2012 06:39 AM

Good job, I always wanted to make one of these chairs. What angle did you give the support rails? From the pics I have seen yours seems to be a bit more straight than those made by Nakashima. I like the way you used two subtle tone differences and matched the grain on the seat.

Hopefully I will have some free time soon to make one.. :-)

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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