"Silya ni Fely" ( Fely's chair)

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Project by Benji Reyes posted 01-06-2012 04:04 PM 5625 views 5 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Welcoming the New Year with a new design, “Silya ni Fely”, named after my mom who is turning 81 this year and who is still as sharp as can be and full of energy. The chair features a backrest that flexes, similar to my previous chair designs such as “Rajah”, “Silya ni Eena” and “Silya ni Noel” . The Back splats are of steam bent ebony, crown in Molave with ebony inlay. The seat and arm rests are ipil wood while the front and back legs are in yakal. All woods used are salvaged wood from old houses as with all my other projects. My daughters just posted this on my FB fan page for orders….

Plant a tree for a healthier earth.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#1 posted 01-06-2012 04:38 PM

Another beautiful chair, you seem to take after your mom, so we should be seeing a lot more masterpieces
for a long time. With your skill and artistry, I think you make your own luck, but will add a wish just in case.
Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 01-06-2012 04:45 PM

Wow a great looking chair.

Your mother should be proud of what you have made for her.

Great design.

Good luck on the marketing.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 01-06-2012 04:46 PM

I always look forward to your work Benji. I never know what I’ll see when I open the link in the email, but I know that whatever is waiting for me, will be something to look forward to, study, and admire.

To say this is a wonderful work of functional art is only scuffing the surface. The lines are so graceful and elegant, and just seem to flow naturally, almost as if the trees grew this way, and you simply made a couple of crosscuts. Thank you for continuing to post on LumberJocks!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 01-06-2012 04:47 PM

Benji, Your projects are fantastic! I always click into your posts with anticipation to see phenomenal craftsmanship and creative design. I’m never disappointed! Another beautiful chair. I love it.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#5 posted 01-06-2012 04:52 PM

Very sharp looking chair with a wonderful finish. Awesome work !!! Very impressive.

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#6 posted 01-06-2012 04:55 PM

That is a piece of art that just happens to be a chair. Your mom is very fortunate to get such a beautiful chair.

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#7 posted 01-06-2012 05:15 PM

With your beautiful designs and craftsmanship I can’t believe you need any luck to sell your chairs Benji!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 01-06-2012 05:43 PM

Another amazing design Benji great job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 01-06-2012 06:52 PM

Benji, you are such an inspiration to me. I always look forward to you projects and know that I’ll be wowed. In fact, I just sent you an email. I would be honored to own something made by your hands.

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#10 posted 01-06-2012 07:29 PM

Things are tough all around as countries go bankrupt. I do wish you good fortune. Yet If I had a small bit of your skills in my hands and eyes, I youldn’t need luck!

I appreciate themovement of the piece in relation to the colors and patterns of the wood you chose.

I am truely envious of the wood that is available to you. For that I believe you are in good fortune?

Happy Birthday to a great lady who did a pretty good job with her son!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 01-06-2012 07:31 PM

Oh yeah,

Like all the views of the piece, suggests a true master!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 01-06-2012 07:58 PM

That is a true work of art. Fabulous design.

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#13 posted 01-06-2012 11:24 PM

Excellent design.

Trully a beautifull chair!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 01-07-2012 04:27 AM

Another classic Benji chair! love the wood, beautiful grain.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#15 posted 01-07-2012 04:35 AM

a fabulous chair .

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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