Actually, I ended up with two good candidate chairs. One, a really cool retro vinyl upholstered wood folding chair with simple lines, I acquired through the generosity of Arlington sculptor Bill Turville. Bill offered to donate several interesting used chairs for Chairful projects, and my friend Amy and I came away from a visit to his studio with three such treasures. My folding chair, a southwestern creation called "Moab", will not be at Chairful, 2014, in part because I became quite attached to it myself (Bill said he didn't mind that at all!). Maybe I will donate it next year, but I'm not ready. More on that project later.
First, about the chair that I hope will sell at Chairful, 2014: At a yardsale up the street from Amy's house I found a sturdy, simple maple dining chair. It looked very ordinary until I looked closely…the back had veneer of the gorgeously featured wood "birds eye maple"! It was blanketed in a grimy layer of aged varnish. Thanks to my lessons from The Furniture Doctor, I was readily able to refinish the birds eye maple, and to protect it with several coats of a clear polyacrylic varnish. Unfortunately, I didn't take a "before" photo, so the photo below shows the chair after I refinished the birds eye, but before any painting or upholstery.
"Partners in Science - Peas' first big contribution to science came in the mid-1800's, in the work of Gregor Mendel, now known as the father of heredity science and modern genetics…….
Peas' second big contribution to the advance of science came 70 years later, in the late 1920's. This time the advance happened right here in Massachusetts. Clarence Birdseye, an inventor in his early 30's, developed a technique for quick freezing foods in a factory-based mass production process. Peas lent themselves very well to this process. For the first time ever, fresh-tasting, sweet green peas became available to average-income households year-round, not just in the Spring….."
"Birds Eye" was a fun project, and I hope that somebody will buy it to support public art in Arlington and that they will love it. Or, if not, it will always have a home with us or with one of our friends.