the business went under when the american bases left after the pinatubo eruption, but my interest in wooden furniture remains. i doubt if i’ll ever revive the business (the markets are down, the imports are cheap, and the raw materials are hard to find). besides, it’s labor intensive and i don’t have the stomach for that.
anyway, my two past christmas projects at home involved furniture: re-upholstering of the living room furniture, a kitchen table and a wooden set for the garden. i also bought stools for the kitchen table so now it serves as a de-facto activity table and study table for the kids. and the wooden set in the garden serves as the informal living space, especially during hot days.
it’s been ages since we last reupholstered the living room couches and chairs so i thought it was about time. it helps that my brother-in-law is a skilled upholsterer so we only spent on the fabrics and cushions.
my next project is to find an antique day bed like the one above from sonia’s garden in tagaytay. i mentioned before that beds, chairs and couches are nothing but upholstered magnets. i forgot that does not necessarily apply to wooden furniture, but they provide as much warmth, comfort and character, too.