My first impression of the finished chair was from the picture here. It appears to lean back in an uninviting, even risky way. That feeling left my enthusiasm for the project carefully metered. I couldn’t even get past that to appreciate other parts of it that, in isolation, are quite pleasant.
Now when I look at the chair I am totally smitten.
Minwax Wipe On Poly: six coats on the rockers, 5 on the rest of the chair. Final finish: Watco Satin Wax. It is a joy to touch.
I may end up shipping this, I am not sure. But for now I’m treating this as the cast party, where we grieve the characters who are no longer with us.
The pictures are all taken from the table, artificial I know, but in a way they’re accurate if you’re sitting in another chair and looking at this one.
I just can’t find an angle which isn’t pleasing to my eye. Thank you Mr. Dundas, for your superb design and excellent plans and narrative. And thank you, Mrs. S., for giving me the opportunity to be a surrogate woodworker for your departed husband and, for a while feeling as if I am part of your family. The privilege is mine.
-- "...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"