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Princess Beatrice Royal Wedding Fascinator Chair

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Woodbridge Canada06/09/2011 17:27:29
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When I first saw the hat that Princess Beatrice wore at the recent royal wedding I thought it would make an interesting chair back. So I decided to have some fun and see how it would look as a chair. I wanted to see if I could reproduce the hat's flowing lines and ribbon shapes out of wood. It gave me a chance to do some carving and shaping. Also, since one of my future projects is a Maloof style rocker I used this as an opportunity to use a Maloof type joint to attach the back legs to the chair seat. I prefer chairs with a high back, so I stretched the design of the hat vertically. Since this was a bit of an experinent it is made of pine. It is finished with a water based stain, to match as close as possible the colour of the fascinator which is described as a "tea rose". Not my favortite colour. If I were to do it again I would use a more natural wood colour.

Ron Davis06/09/2011 17:28:50
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Looks better on the chair than it did on her!
Tommy mc glynn 106/09/2011 17:37:29
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that chair is realy cool . you done a garet job on it .
Woodbridge Canada06/09/2011 17:47:25
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Derek Lane06/09/2011 19:22:45
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Lovely chair even my wife says the same thing as Ron even before she saw his comments. Must admit I also agree

Edited By Derek Lane on 06/09/2011 19:23:01

Woodbridge Canada06/09/2011 21:12:12
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Thanks. This is my first time posting on this site. I am a hobbist woodworker and I primarly like to build chairs. I will be retiring in 3 months so I will have a lot more time in my workshop. When I saw the Princess' "fascinator" at the royal wedding my first thought was that it would make a very nice chair back.
Mailee06/09/2011 21:28:06
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That really is craftmanship. You have made a stunning job of that.
Simon Reeves07/09/2011 13:17:26
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Add my praise to the others - a super job, especially using a Maloof joint, which is not for the faint hearted.
Woodbridge Canada07/09/2011 14:01:09
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Thanks. Oneof my next projects is a Maloof style rocker. I have purhcased some beautiful walnut for this project, so this chair proifvided an opportunity to practice this type of joinery. I still have a way to go to get the joint really tight and use less filler!
Gerrybhoy07/09/2011 17:10:07
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All I can say to this is WOW!!
Looks extremely complicated, yet the end result is absolutely terrific.
Someday I hope to be even half as good as this....
Alan T.07/09/2011 19:46:02
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Hello Woodbridge. Congratulations on your chair, it's just brilliant. Just one thing , what is a Maloof joint? Cheers Alan T.

Edited By Alan T. on 07/09/2011 19:46:29

sad sam07/09/2011 21:34:40
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hi woodbridge
just brilliant and i will echo alan T what is a maloof joint
cheers sadsam
Woodbridge Canada07/09/2011 21:52:06
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Sam Maloof who died at 93 in 2009 is particulalry famous for his iconic rocking chair, which is one of the next projects on my list.
The joint he used to connect the legs to the seat may have a proper wood working name that I am not familiar with. I have attached a picture that came up when I Googled Maloof joint. It is easier to seea pciture than for me to try to descibe it.

BillW07/09/2011 22:55:33
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A brilliant piece of work Woodbridge, a lot better as a chair than a hat if I may say so, I'm glad you didn't choose the one worn by a famous footballers wife .

I had not heard of the Maloof joint till today so did some searching and found Sam Maloof, an artistic woodworker that preferred not to be known as an artist, but I find it rather disturbing that the joint does not seem to be accredited to him.

Thanks for sharing.

Oddjob08/09/2011 09:10:55
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That is OOOOOOOOh so beautiful!
How I wish that I had the skills and patience to do such amazing work.
Thank you for the privelege of just seeing a picture of it.

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