A New project

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It’s always exciting starting a new project and I have had an idea for a very long time, but to execute it I needed at least 6 chairs with oval backs – which were proving rather elusive.

Wind back a few months though and a friend of mine had hired the upstairs of a lovely local pub so that a bunch of us could get together for a pre Christmas meal. When I took my son for a pee, I noticed a stack of chairs in the corridor that looked like they were going to be thrown out, they were ripped and torn with peeling varnish, but most importantly with oval backs!

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They looked like really well made chairs and I thought they had a lovely shape. So thinking “If I don’t ask, I’ll never know” I approached the pub manager and asked if indeed they were being thrown out. I went back a couple of days later after he had spoken to the owner and purchased 6 of them for a very reasonable price.

I then totally stripped them back ( I was quite surprised to see they had been upholstered using horsehair)  and have been sanding them down these past few days ready to be stained a little darker and oiled for a perfect finish. But it was only when I started stripping down the seats that I came across the makers mark Рwell blow me down they were Benchairs!!

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Anyone who has followed my work will know how obsessed I have been with Benchairs for quite a while now. I first came across them 3 years ago when the lady in the studio upstairs swapped me one (that she used to sit outside her studio and have a fag on!) for a comfy office chair, I looked into them and have since bought 10 in various stages of disrepair and have put my own PGV take onto them.

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I know my new ones are completely different stylistically but I was just so delighted that I had bought something extremely well made and with a great British provenance. Will post pictures of the finished chairs in a bit.