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Savonarola chair

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Project by Slowpoke posted 04-11-2016 06:12 PM 1143 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My version of the (Medieval?) Girolamo Savonarola chair. Old Giro baby was apparently a substantial muck-a-muck as furniture of any kind, in his day, was for the wealthy only. Sort of like a personal Lear jet nowadays. It seems that, in his daily travels, an assistant would stumble along behind him carrying his chair (which folds, see photo) in case the boss cared to sit down. This one is meant for outdoors and is made of mahogany.





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#1 posted 04-11-2016 06:19 PM

It;s beautiful. I love the work too.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 04-11-2016 09:28 PM

Oh, I like this. Very nice design.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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#3 posted 04-12-2016 03:05 AM

Wow…very nice. Love how it folds up.

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#4 posted 04-12-2016 03:29 AM

Good work!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 04-12-2016 04:26 AM

Great chair – excellent!

-- Madburg WA

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#6 posted 04-12-2016 08:14 AM

Great job, wow

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

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#7 posted 04-12-2016 01:16 PM

Awesome work!

I don’t know about the time period of the design of the chair, but Fra Savonarola was squarely in the Renaissance, both in terms of time period and geography (Florence). He was quite the pain in the butt for many of the artists and forward-thinkers.

-- Practice makes less sucky. - Bill, Minneapolis, MN

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#8 posted 04-12-2016 01:22 PM

This is a wonderful project and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#9 posted 04-12-2016 01:43 PM

Awesome chair for sure. Are there plans available somewhere?

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#10 posted 04-12-2016 01:46 PM

neat design

-- Kyle, Louisiana

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#11 posted 04-12-2016 02:01 PM

nice looking chair

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#12 posted 04-12-2016 03:54 PM

That is really cool! Great work, I love those early period pieces

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#13 posted 04-12-2016 07:17 PM

Definately deserves Daily top 3. I made similar newspaper stand but not nearly good as this chair.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 04-12-2016 10:03 PM



Awesome chair for sure. Are there plans available somewhere?

- horky


This is another item that I was making and selling a bunch of years ago, until it became evident that I couldn’t charge enough to make it all worthwhile. As a pointy-toed-shoe used car salesman once told me, “We lose money on every one, but we make it up in volume.” Never did figure out just how that worked.

Although the design is centuries old, what I had to go on were just photos and suchlike, and I developed my own patterns, jigs, etc. The only thing I have left from this effort, besides a chair or two (and matching folding tables) is my template for the frame elements, used to call them “squiggles”. Saved the template, cut from a scrap of Corian, just for old times’ sake.

There might be some info online if you want to build one. The key is extreme accuracy in machining the components, or the chair won’t fold properly.

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#15 posted 04-13-2016 12:09 PM

Many thanks for all the “thumbs up!”

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