Lyre Chair

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Project by bearkatwood posted 11-04-2015 11:47 PM 1101 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my Lyre Chair design. It is built with Maloof style joinery and sculpting. I tried to make it my own a bit by and added the lyre look as I was fond of the classical Phyfe saber leg chair. I have built them from Myrtlewood, Curly Maple and English Walnut. The first chairs had sort of a bulldog looking leg and worked fine with arms, it wasn’t until I had an order for them in a dining set that I saw the ones without arms looked very squat.

I redesigned them and changed the front leg to have a more graceful look. The left is a English Walnut office chair with brass casters I did for Art of Goby Walnut in Portland. If you are ever in there ask him to show it to you.

The first chair I made in this Lyre style was made of Myrtle wood and was bought by the mayor of our town.

I built a bench in this style to accompany an order as well.

Very comfy chair.

-- Brian Noel

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#1 posted 11-05-2015 12:40 AM

I find these quite well done and very nice looking. you should be very proud. the only thing that bugs my art eye is the plain back spindles..the chairs are all sculpty, curvy, etc, and the spindles just seem like they could mimic the rest in some simple way. But of course I could be full of beans :-) I sure do think they are well done.

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#2 posted 11-05-2015 12:44 AM

Beautiful chair—looks great, and looks comfortable, too!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 11-05-2015 01:05 AM

The chairs are beautiful, Job WELL done.

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#4 posted 11-05-2015 03:25 AM

Very beautiful work. Inspires me to work harder on my work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 11-05-2015 09:08 AM

Great work, The flow and visual look of these are amazing. Some real beauty’s

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 11-05-2015 01:56 PM

Nice work!

-- "I am hiring a realtor if and when the day comes a lion is on my roof."

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#7 posted 11-05-2015 02:47 PM

More fine work from you Brian. Thanks for expanding our woodworking possibilities.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#8 posted 11-05-2015 07:40 PM

beautiful chairs.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 11-05-2015 09:53 PM

Beautiful work. They look great !

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