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Morris Chair #1: Project of no return.

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Blog entry by Luddite posted 01-11-2015 03:02 PM 1579 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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1 Jan 2015

Morris Chair.

Been there, did two, amazed it worked.

Now being retired and needing to supplement my wood habit I turned to furniture ‘hooking’. It’s not a bad deal since we’ve no more room for pieces unless I replace what was done before.

This blog is about building two Morris Chairs for barter. Our friend is a hair dresser and over the past few years I’ve made several custom pieces ( large sofa table, end tables, large coffee table) from cherry and mesquite. These were good projects until she visited and fell in love with our Morris chairs. Now, she wants to jewel in the crown project of two chairs of cherry with mesquite trim.

I’ve a plan from woodsmith. Looks okay but…. Found a good source of cherry and have enough mesquite for trim.

All I need now is to start up the river of darkness.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense



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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 01-11-2015 06:14 PM

Should be an interesting journey. Your Burmese cat certainly appreciates your efforts so far!
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 01-11-2015 10:25 PM

Jim. Yes it has so far. The picture is from my 1st set of chairs a few years back. I tried to base it on an original Stickley but with a twist. I made the back a wee bit shorter for visual effect in out home. On the chair is Tiger, our alpha cat. He was in the chair as soon as I brought it in the house.

Here’s a picture of the ‘boys’ 3 years ago. Tiger and his brother Simon along with the little rescue Bear.
In the Tucson summer they’ll spend the afternoons on both chairs enjoying the cool of the living room.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#3 posted 01-13-2015 02:44 PM

You have some wonderful house guests there! We shared our house with a red and a chocolate Burmese for 17 years – we lived with them as they ruled the place!
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#4 posted 01-14-2015 01:12 AM

Sounds like an interesting journey—I think I’ll tag along!

-- Dean

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#5 posted 01-15-2015 09:07 PM

I too am in the process of building a morris chair, but out of walnut. Mine is much more slow going than yours. I will be following your progress and love what you have done so far.

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#6 posted 01-17-2015 02:25 AM

Walnut! Wow that’ll be great. I love the odor of walnut being milled. I furnished our den and made a mantelpiece for the hearth out of walnut years back. Looking forward to hear/see your work when furnished.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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