Another Bardic chair

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Project by Carwyn Owen posted 07-11-2013 08:38 PM 1535 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

like the other bardic chair i have built, it is a chair won by a bard or poet for writing a pice of poetry in a welsh competition called the eisteddfod. (heres a wiki explanation but this chair is for the regional (Powys) eisteddfod, instead of the yfc, (young farmers club), and therefore is more prestigious, and more of an honour to be asked to build, especially for a 18 year old. when taking into consideration these chairs are built by matured profesional woodworkers.

the chair is built mainly of oak, a massive 20”wide 7’tall board filles the back, along side that, two boards of walnut. the seat is also one board, originally 2” thick, both that and the back had to be flatend by hand plane. the two are joined by a hidden dado and bolts with threaded inserts, a impeccably strong joint. the arm/leg is 2 separate parts of steam bent oak laminated together, there are also stainless steel cables to ad another dimension and detail. these are crimped at either end inside the lamination. the writing is 2013 in roman numerals, and is a router based inlay.

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#1 posted 07-11-2013 10:07 PM

You’re 18 and you built this?



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#2 posted 07-11-2013 11:03 PM

thanks, though i have to pay tribute to my late grandfather for the tools, wood, and talent. i feel this was all built with instinct, and that was passed through in blood

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#3 posted 07-12-2013 12:35 AM

Carwyn, Beautiful Chair; you’ve got excellent talant.

*One side note that may help show off the great work you do; when you take a picture make sure you open it in “Windows Photo Viewer” and turn it either 90 degrees to the left or right making it upright. After that when you upload to LumberJocks it will remember the orientation of the picture.

Again, great work…. it’s worth turning my head to the side to view.

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#4 posted 07-12-2013 12:45 AM

WOW!! You done a great job.

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#5 posted 07-13-2013 04:24 PM

Nice work!

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#6 posted 07-15-2013 03:38 PM

Awesome chair! Great design and execution. It shows great talent and skills. I’m sure grandfather is very proud.

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