Musical Chair

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Project by chidwickschool posted 11-09-2012 06:43 AM 3515 views 9 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here is my sculpted ”Musical Chair”. I have really been drawn to the asymmetrical, organic line of Art Nouveau lately and have applied some of what I’ve learned into a number of recent pieces. This chair is a large studio chair made from ribbon mahogany and tulip poplar. Note that the tulip poplar back support is sculpted out of one piece of solid 4/4” stock. I steamed and sculpted it to get the compound curvature of the lumbar support and designed the profile of the back to highlight the strong character details of the bold colors in the tulip poplar. This piece is currently on display at the Museum of the Rockies along a with many other works by fine woodworking artists.

Note: the lighting at the gallery was great, but since it was directly above, it reflected funny in the picture on the headrest board against the horizontal grain of the mahogany, it is not a different species from the rest of the chair (except the backrest, of course)

-- Andy Chidwick,

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#1 posted 11-09-2012 07:00 AM

Very, very beautiful

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-09-2012 09:25 AM

Natural attraction to this great chair. Very cool design, combination and selection of woods.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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#3 posted 11-09-2012 09:45 AM

Wow! Fantastic sculping talent.

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#4 posted 11-09-2012 10:48 AM

Many superlatives come to mind but one word keeps coming back … Wow.

-- If I had more money, I'd have more tools

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#5 posted 11-09-2012 11:30 AM

That’s a beautiful chair! Poplar doesn’t usually get featured in furniture of this quality. The color contrast draws your eye to the entire piece. Great job.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 11-09-2012 01:13 PM


-- Joel

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#7 posted 11-09-2012 02:16 PM

Absolutely wonderful work of art! Love it.

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#8 posted 11-09-2012 02:23 PM

Fabulous looking chair.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 11-09-2012 05:18 PM

It is perfect and the wood is beautiful. I am so jealous of your skills.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#10 posted 11-09-2012 07:24 PM

Beautiful chair! I love the organic look of it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#11 posted 11-10-2012 12:06 AM

Like the design. Outstanding chair

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#12 posted 11-10-2012 04:40 AM


-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#13 posted 11-10-2012 08:40 AM

Realy nice !

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#14 posted 11-12-2012 04:37 PM

I’ve always liked departure from the norm or tradition, and certainly like the side trip you took! It is beautiful. Maloof
would have been envious!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#15 posted 11-13-2012 06:49 AM

awesome is the best word i can think of

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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