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Chair Making is the Challenge for the Wharton Esherick Woodworking Competition
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Chair making competition entry titled the Brookhaven Chair This chair, the Brookhaven Chair, displays the chair making skills of David Ebner and was made of figured mahogany

The “Challenge of the Chair” was the theme for the 15th annual woodworking competition at the Wharton Esherick Museum in Paoli, Pennsylvania. Why chairs? To do something special for the 15th juried show, said curator Paul Eisenhower: “They’re probably the hardest things for furniture makers to make.”

Chair making competition entry the Christmas Tree Chair This chair making competition entry is titled "Christmas Tree Chair" and was made by Donald Moss with discarded Christmas Trees.

From 68 entries of side chairs made mainly of wood, 10 were selected — on the basis of creativity, craftsmanship and functionality — to be part of the exhibition. Among those wood selections were the choices for Donald Moss’s “Christmas Tree Chair”: the fir, balsam and spruce came from discarded Christmas trees. “Chairs,” said Eisenhower, “are the ultimate challenge.”

posted on February 1, 2009 by Woodworker's Journal
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