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.
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.
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.
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.
4. The Victoria & Albert Museum: Though technically in London, it deserves its own post for the concentration of extraordinary chairs.
Bonus material: Liverpool football match, Paris, Dublin, and CambridgeShare this article...