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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!

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this is awesome.
(great story … love the "do you know anyone" line haha.

Love the chair. Want one in my yard!
 

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Thanks Debbie. I do have the makings of one, but shipping could be a problem!
 

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Stewart,
That's a nifty, dandy deal. I'll bet the kids really like story time. I'm beginning to see a medieval twist to your things. Your not into CA are you?(Creative Anachronism) (I thought I'd better clear that up before some one thought it was naughty.)
 

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Good job Stew
Really like it. Think I like the shape of the back the best. Arms are cool too.
Regards
DAN
 

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Wonderful!

Now I am convinced you are obsessed with ancient bum-rests! :)
 

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I always lean toward clean lines in my work. I think log furniture is cliche' since I live in Montana - but I LOVE this chair. Great interpretation! Great Design! Great Work!

Judges Score - 10! - 10! - 10!
 

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I think Sam would be proud of you. Great talent to design and execute.
 

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Great looking chair Stewart.
 

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Hello Stewart;
--this one in-deed is a great keeper for telling great stories!

I like the size of the wood you have used here and then also those timbers for a seat. Also noticed how you sawed the arms in half….good use of the strength of the wood therein.
Thanks for sharing….
GODSPEED,
Frank
 

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Hey doesn't J K Rowlings live over there near you? You should give her a call. You'd make a great designer of Wizard furnishings in her Harry Potter movies!
 

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What a great piece of work and it looks like it would be a lot of fun to build. I really enjoy looking at your art work and craftsmanship.
 

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Excellent! Love it! Great job Stewart.
 

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Thanks, everyone, for your interest, kind comments and great humour! Thos. Angle - I just Googled Creative Anachronism since I'd never come across that term. I swear that I've never dressed in the clothes of the Renaissance although the stuff I wear in the shop at times isn't exactly bang up to date!

Charlie M - I can't think there are any more ancient bum-rests in the archives. I don't want to become type-cast!

This is an enormous contrast to your wonderful work Todd and it's interesting that this caught your eye. It's one of the great things about Lumberjocks. It has opened my eyes to what's going on outside my little workshop.

Karson - Sam lives a distance away unfortunately, otherwise I'd have had him in the shop cutting some balsa wood up before now. It's a must on his next vist here.
 

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First Mr. Stewart thank you for making me your buddy, a person can never have enough friends. Next, I spent a couple years in Europe, and do believe I see a touch of medieval torture or Spanish Inquisition in the design of that chair, it looks everything but comfortable, just how they liked it back then, kind of Monty Pythonish, But thats just me. I'm old fashioned. mike "bring out your dead"
 

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I like this, at first glance though I was reminded of the chair Frank Loyyd Wright designed with the tall back. This really is a wonderful piece, as far as a foundation in theme and style it really could be created in a thousand different ways. I think you could actually design a garden around a piece such as this.
thank you for sharing this, I had attempted to go thru all the various project pages one at a time, but i stopped at 150, now I will have to start all over but your work came up as a roll of the dice. What a great idea"roll of the dice"
thank you and take care,
harold
 
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