Annual General Federation of Womens Clubs Chair-ity Auction Donation

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Project by Lee Barker posted 03-15-2013 06:56 PM 2131 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The possibilities are wide open for this project. Even the word “chair” is subject to interpretation! Some of my past efforts have been unsittable or at least darned inconvenient if that’s the intent. This year I started with a pretty forlorn library chair which had encamped at some quite moist place. The beauty was that all the parts were there and in good shape.

The title is “Mercury Chair.”

It was purchased at a thrift store for a few bucks. Most of the joints were loose so I reduced it to a pile o’ parts and sanded everything and proceeded to try to find drill bits that matched what I wanted to inset. All those loose bottom stretchers inspired the various rings.

I started laying in various wood species, both dowels and flat cut plugs. That wasn’t enough, so I went to some buttons, leaning toward those that appeared metallic or had writing on them.

That led to some coins. In the third image, the flanking silver (actually aluminum) discs are bus tokens.

Then I got some scrap Corian (circle R) and had to include that!

Finally some upholstery tacks down the backs of the legs finished it off.

The seat was not salvageable natural so I opted to dye and lacquer it.

Still puzzled about “Mercury Chair”? Mercury was the Roman god of “merchants, traders, gamblers and thieves.” It’s not a straight line from that to the chair, but it can be traversed. Hey, it’s art! It’s up to you!

Meantime, it’s a hefty piece of sitting structure. We’ll see if the general public can spare some folks to pungle up their lucre (which goes to a good cause—Sparrow Clubs).

There are 27 chairs in all, and they’ll be at various businesses for a month, waiting for silent auction bids.

-- " 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 03-15-2013 08:49 PM

At first glance, I thought this was a chair used downrange at a rifle range or hunting club. 8-)

It looks nice. Whimsical but nice.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#2 posted 03-16-2013 02:12 AM

I am a big fan of exercising creativity – which you did a great job of – plus it looks like you had fun which feeds our muse.
hope the fundraiser gets a great turn out and pulls in the dollars.

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

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#3 posted 03-16-2013 12:51 PM

I love to see interesting chairs. Thanks for sharing yours. Your creations each year are always very unique.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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