Chair. Saturday , January 06th , 2018 - 19:01:51 PM
This is article traces the history of commonly found Antique Australian chairs up until the end of the 19th Century. It discusses English design influences, chairmaker techniques, and the various styles including balloon-back, ladder-back, and rail-back styles. Chairs seem to be one of the least likely types of furniture to survive and become antiques and there are some important considerations to make when restoring antique chairs.
The 1890s led to another major change in both style and design. The quality of timber available for furniture manufacture was by no means good compared to the timber used half a century earlier, but we were smarter now and knew how to make things stronger, quicker and even less expensive than before. However, this was done at the expense of hand carving, crisp, tight turnings and to the cherished designs of the past. Unfortunately this is progress; otherwise we would still be in the dark ages with clubs and caves. The style of the period was square, with turnings, machine-carved decoration, and pressings, and designed for mass-production, losing much of the character and finesse for which the earlier cedar chairs were renowned.
There is though one more significant choice for your church to consider for your new chairs. Fabric mills across the country produce hundreds, even thousands, of additional fabrics each year. Most of these can be chosen for your new chairs. However, if your church chooses a fabric from outside the fabric collections the church chair manufacturer carries, your cost will likely climb significantly and likely also the lead times needed for the production of your chairs will be far greater. This process is often called "COM" which stands for "Customer‘s Own Material".
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