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Award winning artist Frank Barr chairs are one-of-a-kind or limited editions.

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Needles Eye Chair I
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Needles Eye Chair II
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Needles Eye Chair III
 
Needles Eye Chair I, II and III
This is where it all started. I have made many types of conventional furniture pieces, ranging from wall units, desks, cabinets, shelves but I never considered making a chair. One day I was in my shop and I had a very long, thin strip of red oak in my hands. I was just playing with it and formed it into a circle. My imagination kicked in and I struggled to bend it into a figure eight, a symbol a mathematician from the 1600's proposed to stand for infinity, a concept rooted in the existence of time and space, could be used as a base for a chair. One can trace the lines of this chair in a never ending pattern. I succeeded in evolving this piece into three unique shapes that are pleasing to the eye.

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Sun Chair
Sun Chair
I was trying to simplify this design in getting away from the loops in my original ideas and create sleek curves that would also be pleasing to the eye. I always try to push the boundaries in engineering to accomplish as lightweight and strong a chair as I possibly can deliver.

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Sun Chime Chair
Sun Chime Chair
This chair was conceived with the idea of taking my original idea a step further. I wanted to add a place to rest your arms without interfering with the continuity of my original design and at the same time try to outdo myself with some added features such as mixing oak and mahogany for the contrast in colors. Each piece has its own complexity in engineering and this one was certainly pushing the envelope.

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Natures Lap Chair Series
Butterfly Rocker
Here is where my imagination kicked into overdrive and I once again try to outdo my previous designs. It started out in the fashion of creating a continuous frame with arm rests and a backing for support, still always using the idea that less is better, as in thin and lightweight. As I stood back and contemplated a seat and a backrest, it struck me that I had a blank canvas to work with. My mind was racing with many different ideas as to a theme I can create with this particular piece. The butterfly and flower is what I chose, and I will be continuing to make this frame adding a myriad of different designs.

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Orchid Chair
Orchid Chair
Here I wanted to stretch the less is better theory and use the figure eight alone with as little support as possible. I am amazed at just how strong laminated wood can be. In staying with a nature theme on this piece I thought the orchid would be a good candidate just because you really can't outdo an orchid. Lets face it there are thousands of enthusiasts of this special and unique flower that would back up that statement.

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Guitar Chair
Guitar Chair
This chair is special to me because I have spent many long hours with a guitar in my hands, truly amazed at all the sounds and mysteries it holds. Since the past several years I have been designing and building these chairs I am always looking at things and saying to myself "I can make that into a chair". The guitar chair was always in my thoughts but not in my vision until one fine day when the design came to me. I chose hard maple because it is actually used in making guitars.

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Lacework Rocker
Lacework Rocker
My idea for this design was my fascination with diagonal lines. The complexity of that concept kept me awake at night. I decided I would first try weaving the wood strands in square patterns, which in itself would surely be challenging. I was more than happy with the way this piece turned out. Rather than conventional upright legs, I chose to wrap them underneath to form a rocking base. A very comfortable chair constructed of Padouk, Ash and Mahogany.


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