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Project by elton posted 09-14-2012 04:33 AM 1399 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Before and after photos. The interesting thing about this chair is that the wood was harvested from the gorilla enclosure at the Los Angeles Zoo. The apes chewed off the bark killing the tree. I was able to get my hands on some of the limb stock (yes those are limbs) and make this chair for a friend of mine to present to his Dad. I have taken lots of pictures and can bolg the build if anyone is interested. Thanks for looking.





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Frankie Velasco

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#1 posted 09-14-2012 05:16 AM

I love the chair, well done.:)

-- Frankie, California, http://www.woodenenhancements.com

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GenerationWW

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#2 posted 09-14-2012 10:21 AM

Great looking chair. I enjoyed reading where the wood came from. That really makes this chair unique. Very nice job.

-- list your handcrafted treasures @ www.generationwoodworks.com for free!

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Paul

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#3 posted 09-14-2012 01:35 PM

Very well done, I like the gorilla story also but having recently completed my chair I can appreciate all the work that goes into one of these chairs. Thanks for sharing!

-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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Julian

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#4 posted 09-14-2012 05:11 PM

Beautifully made. A blog would be great fun to read.

-- Julian

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alholstein

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#5 posted 09-14-2012 05:52 PM

Certainly post more pictures. All the work that was done deserves more that what you have shown so far.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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dartzt

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#6 posted 09-14-2012 07:58 PM

Man what a nice Chair! Maloof is my hero! I always like to hear the “story of the wood” too! Makes it more interesting. Thanks for showing us all!

-- Darren A. - Bosque County, Texas "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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#7 posted 09-14-2012 09:43 PM

The story is just as amusing as the chair. What a dainty piece.

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Woodbridge

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#8 posted 09-15-2012 12:23 AM

great looking chair. The gorilla wood is really neat!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 09-15-2012 01:20 AM

Another beautiful Maloof rocker! I have yet to see one I didn’t like but the ‘gorilla wood’ makes yours a one of a kind!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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CashionCNC

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#10 posted 09-15-2012 04:02 AM

Elton, out of curiosity, did a guy from urban logs to lumber happen to be the person that milled up the boards that you got?

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Topapilot

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#11 posted 09-15-2012 04:56 AM

...from the obscure reference file… the gorilla at the L.A. zoo is the subject of a song by Warren Zevon. Go ahead and watch the youtube video while relaxing in your beautiful chair!

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elton

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#12 posted 09-15-2012 05:34 AM

CashionCNC, I got this wood from Palomar College woodworking (http://www.palomar.edu/woodworking/). The boards in the picture was literally all that was left after the students picked what they wanted. I have one board left about 3 feet long X 12 inches wide with a split on one end. Can you provide some info on the urban logs to lumber??

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CashionCNC

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#13 posted 09-16-2012 12:34 AM

Hey elton,

my dad runs a portable sawmill, and he has done a few jobs at the LA Zoo. I haven’t talked to him about any jobs recently, so i haven’t gotten the chance to ask if he slabbed these or not. his website is calsawmill.com (idk if posting that is allowed but there it is ). I just thought it would be interesting to see a job he had cut be posted on lumberjocks!

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WoodGoddess

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#14 posted 01-01-2013 07:38 PM

Love the story. Love the chair. Thank you so much for sharing.

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