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Friday, November 11, 2011

Is It Worth It?





A 1970s Early American style recliner, is well - shall we say "well worn"?





The thing weighs a ton owing to hard wood and all steel moving parts





The reclining mechanism moves smooth and silent and is simply constructed - that means easy for me to remove, upholster, reinstall. In fact it's more like the smooth Norway-made Ekornes I have for sale in shop right now:





than some of the cheap (in mfg + materials only - the retail price is usually right up there) Barca's I've done held together with drywall screws and stapled joints. Now that hardly seems worth it, but then most people
will not know the joints and type of wood of their frames to judge if it warrants a costly reupholstering job or not.  You nearly have to remove fabric + padding to know - a manufacturer may claim, but an upholsterer will tell you upon experience and inspection if a recliner, or any chair for that matter, is "worth it" structurally.

Then of course, there is the sentimental factor.






The thingies which helps kick out the foot pad have that ye olde colonial forged iron design to them so popular in the 70s .





Say what you will about the state of this recliner, it's solid as rock (Plymouth Rock) and it was made without a single bit of foam. All cotton padding, which is great - longer lasting than foam. Originally done up in a rustic woven green tweed that could be found covering furniture in any catalog you'd care to pick up in 1972, my customer has chosen this Kravet originally $80 per yd but discounted drastically due to limited stock of closeout, but just enough for this project. Score!




Here's how it finished, with wood all polished up, newly repadded and reupholstered.  Ready for another 40 years of lounging by the hi-fi!  A sweet thing about this recliner, is it belonged to pedal steel-guitar great Johnny Fields and the work was ordered by his daughter who was determined to keep and enjoy her father's favorite chair.  Very much worth it!


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1 comment:

  1. I want to be you when I grow up.

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