With only days before the Christmas holiday, I stumbled (literally) on a project idea in the new Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Step 1: Find a stump as big as your bottom.
Step 2: Cut it to about 18” long.
Step 3: Paint the end a funky color.
These were not on exhibit. They were for the patrons to sit on while viewing the collection. I give the design a “10” for solidity and permanence. And a “1” for comfort.
Also, I found some interesting early stuff in the permanent collection that was in the not-Modern Wing.
— Christopher Schwarz
The simple chest is listed as circa 1692 from Marshfield, Mass., in red oak and pine.
The chest with the split turnings is dated April 15, 1704, and is listed as a Connecticut piece – possibly Weathersfield.
And the third chest is considered 1710 and from the Hatfield/Deerfield area in Massachusetts.