Capers #7: OR- A Piece of Furniture I Came Across Today

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 08-01-2016 07:33 AM 1096 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, I’m driving up Hill St., just south of where Hill St. runs into Downtown L.A. (hereinafter, DTLA), when I see this chair, sitting in a parking lot. I’d never noticed this, before. I was out on my daily journies throughout the Southland (L.A. Basin), schlepping people about, in my capacity as an Uber Goober. Every day, regardless of the fact that I’ve driven and walked all over the area, looking at stuff and taking pictures, for decades – growing to love the city and her surroundings, more and more – I come across something I never knew about. This was the first thing I never knew about, that I saw today. It seems that the building outside of which this chair stands houses a collection of local furniture manufacturers’ showrooms (I knew nothing of this, either – I’ll go there again, when it’s open, on weekdays). The chair stands, I would guess, at least twenty feet high, including the blocks on which it rests. The joinery leaves something to be desired, but the shape and proportions are magnificent, as far as I can tell, not being a furniture maker.

This montage includes one of the human-size benches at the entrance to the building. I was taken by its form, and, of course, intend to add it to my mental (?) vocabulary.

Just after leaving here, I picked up a local, who told me that they’re talking about removing the chair, soon, for whatever reason (what glories may come?). I replied that it was a good thing, then, that I happened upon it when I did.
Later, I made a couple of new friends, who took their parents on a ride in my car.

Danny’s thirteen-years-old, if you care to believe that. Such a puppy, he is. I showed the photo of Bodie to Danny’s mommy, and told her his name. Coincidentally, Danny’s mommy, who is five-months pregnant (doesn’t look it, in the least), Bodie’s name. Her response? “I just found out yesterday that my baby is a boy. I’m naming him ‘Bodie.’” (Not because of Bodie the dog, but, she said, that’s the name she’d decided on, once she knew the baby is a boy.)

I have more than 1600 photos, so far, taken in these daily meanderings. I expect there’ll be more entries to come, in the “Capers” series.

-- Mark

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Bob Collins

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#1 posted 08-01-2016 07:43 AM

Sounds like you had a nice day Mark, that sure is some sort of a chair.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 08-01-2016 01:17 PM

Hi Mark. Maybe you can get the chair when they remove it. It would be a nice marker for your wood shop!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 08-01-2016 05:42 PM


Maybe they could send it to MN for Paul Bunyan to sit on? :<)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 08-01-2016 07:38 PM

Of course since you noticed the poor joinery, you could offer to build them a replacement that better reflects the quality of furniture they sell. Could be your entry into the world of gigantic sculptures as fine art.

And I think your estimate is a bit off – if the red car is approximately 4 to 5 feet tall, then I guess the chair is at least 30 feet tall. Must be pretty windy in that area – never seen a chair with so many reinforcing wires.

Cute dogs!

Have fun on your capers.

-- Leafherder

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Mark Wilson

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#5 posted 08-01-2016 09:21 PM

That’s a smart car John. Included in the photo on purpose for scale.It’s nowhere near 4 or 5 feet tall

-- Mark

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#6 posted 08-01-2016 10:36 PM

Hmmm – the Smart Cars I see around here are about the same height as my Honda, just half as long. :)

-- Leafherder

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#7 posted 08-01-2016 11:27 PM

“Uber Goober”- must be an awesome way to interface with so many different folks!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Mark Wilson

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#8 posted 08-02-2016 07:26 AM

John, the concrete blocks are about 3’ tall, so, the car is a little taller. Whatevah, John. It’s a BIG CHAIR.

-- Mark

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#9 posted 08-02-2016 11:01 PM

This may be a stupid question, what is the chair made from? It looks like laminated wood. Is it?

-- God bless, Candy

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Mark Wilson

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#10 posted 08-03-2016 08:07 AM

It is, Candy. It’s 2×12s bolted together, for the big parts. and something like 4” dowels for the stretchers and such. Rather extraordinary, innit? I can’t tell you why, on Earth, cables and turnbuckles hold it all together. Had they simply joined it properly…

-- Mark

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#11 posted 02-18-2017 12:44 AM

I would be reluctant to touch it or even move it for that matter what happens if the person who uses it catches you. Its clobbering time!

-- Regards Robert

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