Chair. Saturday , January 06th , 2018 - 19:00:07 PM
Consider the texture of the wood. A smooth finish is not only comfortable but aesthetically pleasing as well. Determine ease of use. The chair should easily open and close so you won‘t have trouble putting them up and storing them. Try sitting on the chair. Is the chair comfortable or not? The width of the seat and the height for the backrest should sufficiently offer ample seating comfort. Wooden chairs with cushioned seats are also great most especially if you‘re going to use the chairs for a lengthy game of cards. Determine the purpose for buying the chairs. Will they be placed on the balcony or are you going to use them for parties? You may need a sturdier and heavier chair if you‘re going to use it regularly on the patio. A lightweight version, however, would be fitting if you‘re planning to use the chairs only for special occasions.
A point often forgotten when purchasing chairs is restoration, as few surviving examples would not have been repaired at some stage. When purchasing chairs, it is not unusual to spend more money with a good restorer than you actually paid for the article itself. The repair of a chair, the most used object in the home, is expensive when compared to, say, a chest of drawers. If restored properly, a chest of drawers may need serious attention only once every 50 or so years, where a set of chairs may need attention on a frequent basis. Sets of chairs that are let go for generations often need a lot of attention, even to a point of needing to be steamed apart and re-glued which takes time and patience. A single chair often consumes more time than for a dining table. Even now in our local area, it is not easy to find a competent tradesman to repair sets of chairs, as they all look upon them as ‘charity‘ jobs.
Well, at least they were 19th century! Unfortunately, with steadily increasing labour and material costs the era of the bodger (or chair-maker) was close to an end before the end of the 19th century. The end of truly hand-made chairs: mortised and tenoned without the aid of machinery; with turned and carved legs, sometimes even with carved back rails depending on the particular skills of the craftsman making them. Very few examples of Australian chairs with the Trafalgar-style back have carving on the actual cresting rails; these chairs, even as individuals, are eagerly sought and highly prized.
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