This is my great grandma's chair. It has been so wobbly and rickety for so long it hasn't been able to be used. I've had in mind to take it apart for some time and reglue it so that it can actually be used again without breaking something. And this past weekend I got to work.
First I removed all the edging that was held on by upholstery tacks.
I then started removing the old fabric and stuffing.
Down to the bottom layer of stuffing in the seat.
and the strapping on the back.
I discovered that this chair was stuffed with curled horse hair. (I've been reading about this and have found that you can actually reuse the old horsehair stuffing if you wash it first, and that is what I plan to do as least in part.)
Last layer before the spings.
And then I found this very old paper wasp nest. Extremely fragile but really neat.
I made it down to the springs. Fixed the broken piece that was making the chair wobbly and used hemp cord to retie the springs so they aren't all shifty and then did some sanding last night. I plan to paint this chair and cover it with some coffee sacks I have. It will be in my studio along with my grandpas watch bench, and my great grandpa's jewelers bench, and my grandma's quilt.
Speaking of the studio, I'm kind of at a standstill on that at the moment. I'm up to the point where I need to do the electric and I can't get ahold of my brother who is a master electrician to ask him some questions.
As soon as I talk to him I will get back to work on it.
Delays are so frustrating when I'm so so close! LOL.