A Rustic Cabin Chair With Flying Finials That Becomes A Scarecrow


Forty feet of weathered redwood deck railing recently entered my wood shop of imagination. The pleasure in repurposing old wood, from a barn, a deck or a fallen tree, is that it brings along its own character. Stars made from the weathered redwood, to hang from my trees, left a few cutoff pieces of material. Design exercise 101: puzzle and piece the shapes together. Perhaps to be a wall hanging or a table top...Aha!...the back and seat for a garden chair. Some select oak branches (lichen and moss included) from the firewood pile determined the chair's structure and character. As I was stacking thin sliced oak rounds to create finials, the whimsy of having the pieces fly, threaded on copper wire, seemed naturally in keeping with my enjoyment of doing this project.
A chair for the garden
A chair for the garden
Flying finials that sway in the breeze
Flying finials that sway in the breeze
A hanging redwood star       (about 40" in diameter)
A hanging redwood star (about 40" in diameter)
The chair becomes a scarecrow
The chair becomes a scarecrow
The rustic redwood and oak branch garden chair
The rustic redwood and oak branch garden chair
A copper watering can and crafted crown
A copper watering can and crafted crown
Copper lashes are a finishing touch
Copper lashes are a finishing touch
By day, the eyelashes casting a great shadow to add to the patterns
By day, the eyelashes casting a great shadow to add to the patterns
A redwood deck railing star
(the material returning to its origin)
A redwood deck railing star (the material returning to its origin)
The chair seat puzzle
The chair seat puzzle
The chair back puzzle
The chair back puzzle

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