Welcome to the UK Chair Caning Tour of 2015

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I turned 40 in October of 2015 and daydreamed of an island adventure. Although I imagined it more tropical at the outset, the result was THE MOST. AMAZING. AND NERDY. ADVENTURE a chair nerd could ever dream of. The UK Chair Caning Tour was so packed with chair nerdery that it must be divided into 5 parts.  Stay tuned for more descriptive episodes or scroll back through my Instagram to see the nerdiness as it happened in real time.

Chatsworth-House-Chair-Exhibit

Chatsworth House “Make Yourself Comfortable” Contemporary Chair Exhibit

1. 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.

Gavin Munro, genius furniture designer and arborist (right) and Ed (minion) take me on a tour of Full Grown Farm

Gavin Munro, genius furniture designer and arborist (right) and Ed (minion) take me on a tour of Full Grown Farm

2. Full Grown Farm Chair Orchard: in which I meet new friends who are growing chairs, sit in a 1,ooo year old stone chair, and see a private collection of chairs in a private home built in 1666.

Handbag from the Cannage Collection of Christian Dior was one of the many exciting #canespottings

Handbag from the Cannage Collection of Christian Dior was one of the many exciting #canespottings

3. American Chair Nerd in London: in which I attend the Basketmakers Association Fall Meeting where the ultimate chair caning guru Brian Crossley talks about the history of chair caning only from about 3000 years ago. I meet Rachael South, a 3rd generation chair caner and badass weaver. I have a beer with another guru and sista from another mista, Sue Routh. Canespotting happens at every corner.

This about sums up the my excitement about the chair collection at the V & A.

This about sums up the my excitement about the chair collection at the V & A.

4. The Victoria & Albert Museum: Though technically in London, it deserves its own post for the concentration of extraordinary chairs.

5. Chair Nerd’s Dream Come True: in which I am escorted by my ultimate chair nerd guru Brian Crossley on a tour of Lady Lever Art Gallery, Tatton Park, and see Roman Ruins in Chester, UK.

6. Arundel Castle in Sussex, the home of the Duke of Norfolk, has a collection of chairs that rival the V & A.

Bonus material: Liverpool football match, Paris, Dublin, and Cambridge

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