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Project by Benji Reyes posted 12-22-2009 05:29 PM 4176 views 19 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is one of two chairs I did in 2005. One of them is in the US. The other one is in Manila. I also did a three seater version which I kept and am seating on in my profile picture. The seat is carved from a 4” thick narra slab. The bottom stretchers for the seat is carved also from that slab and tenoned to the legs. The seat is carved top and bottom. The back splats are ebony and the crown and arm rests are of Philippine teak. The Legs are of Dungon (Iron wood) soles at the bottom are molave, They prevent the end grains of the legs from chipping and give the chair an over-all floating effect. All dowels are Ebony and Molave.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#1 posted 12-22-2009 05:30 PM

OH. I love that.

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#2 posted 12-22-2009 05:39 PM

Beautiful, original, expertly finished and worked. You do fantastic stuff. I have never seen anything like your chairs before. Impressive!

-- Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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#3 posted 12-22-2009 05:39 PM

Every time I see one of your pieces, all I can do is shake my head. Inspiring, yes, but also depressing (knowing I’ll never be able to build something that beautiful).

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#4 posted 12-22-2009 05:44 PM

Another one in the same class. Amazing. More unbelievable is that this style looks entirely original, yet has the same signature as the first two we saw. I hope if you are selling these that you are getting a very high price for them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 12-22-2009 06:02 PM

I wish I could do things like… really master piece!


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#7 posted 12-22-2009 06:06 PM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 12-22-2009 06:16 PM

Benji you exceptional work! very unique.. I love everything I’ve seen so far

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#9 posted 12-22-2009 06:17 PM

That is fantastic! A completely new look as far as I know.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#10 posted 12-22-2009 06:43 PM

Not only a beautiful piece of art, but it looks like a very comfortable chair!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 12-22-2009 06:50 PM

Your chairs are beautiful!!!

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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#12 posted 12-22-2009 07:09 PM

Very beautiful

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#13 posted 12-22-2009 07:28 PM

Benji -

As a designer, how much thought goes into potential unintended use of your chairs? Specifically, do you ever consider how much weight an arm rest should be able to bear as if a person would sit on it?

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#14 posted 12-22-2009 08:27 PM

Wow what an awesome looking chair.Very nice.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#15 posted 12-22-2009 08:32 PM

Awesome job, I can tell you enjoy making chairs. Beautiful.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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