"Noel chair" In memory of my brother

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Project by Benji Reyes posted 01-29-2010 01:12 PM 4933 views 21 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I lost my dear brother USAF MSGT Severino “Noel” Reyes in 2007. It was he that Brought me and a friend to Colorado where I was inspired to conceptualize the Rocker “Tumba tumba”
He was a friend, a brother and a confidante. He believed in me and supported me when I was just starting with my woodworking business.
In memory of my dear brother, i designed the Noel chair. As tough as he is in his endeavors and spirit, the back splats are of Dungon (ironwood) . As flexible and as giving as Noel, the back splats has the flex of a bow and will flex to follow the bend of your lumbar. The crown is of Saplungan. The seats are made from Ipil as well as the arm rests. I introduced the Noel chair last christmas and have lined up a substantial list for orders. I have immortalized my brothers name!
“You may long be gone brother but your name will always be remembered”.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#1 posted 01-29-2010 01:23 PM

It’s a very beautiful chair, Benji. Fantastic work that you do.

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#2 posted 01-29-2010 01:57 PM

It looks very inviting to sit in , does the seat slope back ? , it would be interesting to know dimensions just to get an idea of sizes , sorry for your troubles , I couldnt do that for my deceased brother . Keep them comming , send the link to your gallery , thanks .

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Benji Reyes

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#3 posted 01-29-2010 02:01 PM

Noel chair dimensions:

Ht. 42”
W: 24”
D: 22”

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#4 posted 01-29-2010 02:21 PM

beautiful tribute for your brother ,
excellent work !

i lost my brother last year also ,
made some boxes in his honor for the whole family .

each is part of the whole .

they come and go in our hearts !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 01-29-2010 03:39 PM

Hi Benji! Beautiful, strong, and made with love in honor of your beloved brother, you put your soul, and spirit, and thoughtfulness, into your work, and it has not gone unoticed. It is a treat veiwing every design that you have made and shared with us here on Lj’s. Thanks Benji…...................


-- Robin Renee'

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#6 posted 01-29-2010 03:47 PM

Awesome. I think your brother would be proud of you.

-- Todd Helmkamp,

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#7 posted 01-29-2010 03:50 PM

Beautiful, original and creative.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 01-29-2010 05:04 PM

A truly wonderful tribute; a truly masterful piece of craftsmanship.

Thank you for sharing it with us.

-- Sola Gratia, John

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#9 posted 01-29-2010 05:13 PM

I’m sorry to hear you lost your brother Benji. This chair he inspired says a lot about how you felt about him. every time I see one of your chairs I just naturally want to go into a praise rant, and this one is no exception. Thanks for sharing this wonderful work with us and I hope you will continue to show us the new ones as you build them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 01-29-2010 05:46 PM

Sorry to hear about your brother. I know this chair will be another reminder of him every time it is sat in.

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#11 posted 01-29-2010 06:33 PM

Stunning design, fantastic workmanship and marvelous finish – that’s how I see it.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#12 posted 01-29-2010 06:34 PM

a beautiful memorial…
yer brother’s name will live on…

just az you have been blessed to have him in your life,
he iz eternally blessed to have you in hiz…


-- rookie ...we'll see what happens...

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#13 posted 01-29-2010 06:38 PM

As cool as it is to look at, it still looks like a very comfortable chair. Awesome! Tim

-- - A Woodworking & Renovation Blog & - I make. You buy.

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#14 posted 01-29-2010 06:55 PM

Sorry for the loss of your brother. What a master piece!!! I love everything about it and I’m sure your brother would be so Honored .
His spirit will live on forever!

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

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#15 posted 01-29-2010 07:10 PM

WOW, quite a beautiful chair with a wonderful meaning…thank you for sharing it with us!

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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