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Blog entry by Lee Barker posted 03-23-2012 03:31 PM 1060 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I guess I’ve been at this since they started. There are some things you just can’t say no to. And they’ll come around with a pickup full of used chairs and your get your choice. (About 20 artists participate) I looked at the selection some months back and couldn’t feel the love, so I sent them on.

Not a week later I found two chair frames in a dumpster. Mostly in pieces, which is an attractive condition in this situation. White oak (not “white wood”).

Unfortunately I did not get a picture of that, but know that I reassembled them both and then amputated a left rear leg from both, conjoined them, and the rest is pretty obvious.

Title is “Sit to be Tied.” Norrie Taylor did the upholstery.

An interesting note on these chairs: They are very straightforward except for the smile in the front rail. I infilled that to simplify the upholstery. In fact, I don’t know how they were upholstered originally.

These chairs sit (!) in various businesses in town for a month and folks write in silent bids. It’s a very successful fundraiser and great fun to be a part of it.

-- "...in 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 03-23-2012 07:36 PM

Fun idea and a great charitable contribution

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#2 posted 03-23-2012 07:58 PM

You did a bit of magic on these chairs Lee. Great looking finish too. What do all the neckties signify?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 03-23-2012 10:09 PM

Some might see the piece as a comment on Yin and Yang, Mike, while others might assign gender titles to it. It will be interesting to see how the other artists respond to it (once you get past the first, superficial compliments) at the reception when all are displayed.

Eventually they all will show up here.

-- "...in 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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#4 posted 03-23-2012 10:36 PM

Now this is what I would call a love seat! It gives the phrase “tying the knot” new meaning.

Great save of distressed furniture too!

Murf

-- Chuck Murphy

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#5 posted 03-24-2012 12:53 AM

There are some different pix on my Projects page, and one of them shows better the detail below where the stretchers meet. It’s a little intertwining illusion that supports the responses I’ve received so far.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in 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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