A couple of years ago I got roped in to help with some craft sessions at the local primary school and of course was asked "whether I knew anyone" who could help with making a storytelling chair. It was to be imposing and for outdoor use and the teacher would read to the younger ones seated in a semi-circle on the occasional warm summer day. The design was left entirely to me. I happened to have been given some old railway sleepers (railroad ties??) and I used them as the basis for the seat. The Windsor style (!) back was made from conifer tree prunings. I left the overhangs as seating for the babies of the class. It was very therapeutic to be able to hack and bash around for a couple of days without ever resorting to the vernier gauge!