UK Chair Caning Tour, Part 1: Liverpool to Chatsworth House

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Part 1 of 5: Liverpool to Chatsworth House: in which I have fortuitous experiences with a fox, red squirrels, and driving on the left to a stately country home featuring a chair exhibit.

I set up a google alert for chairs after our Extreme Chair Nerd Weekend in Winston-Salem and struck gold at the beginning of last year when I read that Chatsworth House was hosting “Make Yourself Comfortable,” a contemporary chair exhibit where you can actually sit on most of the pieces in the exhibit. This was the impetus for the UK Chair Caning Tour and it did not disappoint.

I landed in Liverpool, UK and stayed with some very kind folks just north of town in Formby, where an expansive beach and a nature preserve (featuring red squirrels) was just a few minutes walk down the road. It was a great welcome to the UK. I used the scenery as a stalling tactic when I was about to drive, by myself, on the left side of the road, for the first time on my way to Chatsworth House and Full Grown Farm, a chair ORCHARD (featured in part 2).

Here are the highlights, and by highlights, I mean the caned chairs that were neglected in the above youtube video (for shame!):

Make yourself comfortable me and my interpreter, Claire the gorgeous sky and dunes at Formby sunset at Formby dunes and sky at Formby red squirrel walk soul gaze with baby fox wind turbines at Formby first glimpse at baby fox Welcome to Liverpool Bucketlist...check! caned back chair for shame hiding this gorgeous chair in the corner! blind cane back chair It is more comfortable than it looks cane seat with thistle just your average loo chair caned chair in private library chatsworth entrance the drive at Chatsworth Sheep and antelope freely roaming the grounds canvas setee regency caned back chair with silk You know I had to! this chair was designed to accentuate the wallpaper gorgeous light and tassle barley twist in oak room with reading nook the anteroom of the library complete with pianist the anteroom of the library creative captions for chairs at the dining table If you had a dinner party, and could invite anyone, living or dead, who would you invite? The tablecloth was filled with the results of this survey. Very cool. colorful pressed board chair cantilevered chair with super swanky vase this is a bench!
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If you had a dinner party, and could invite anyone, living or dead, who would you invite? The tablecloth was filled with the results of this survey. Very cool.

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