Published at Monday, April 02nd, 2018 - 03:58:52 AM. Balloon Chair. By Dylan Boutet.
The 1890s led to another major change in both style and design. The quality of timber available for furniture manufacture was by no means good compared to the timber used half a century earlier, but we were smarter now and knew how to make things stronger, quicker and even less expensive than before. However, this was done at the expense of hand carving, crisp, tight turnings and to the cherished designs of the past. Unfortunately this is progress; otherwise we would still be in the dark ages with clubs and caves. The style of the period was square, with turnings, machine-carved decoration, and pressings, and designed for mass-production, losing much of the character and finesse for which the earlier cedar chairs were renowned.
Due to the life of a truck driver (and haulage work in general) being so busy, Walters was often pressed for time to relax. Although he had always dreamed of flying, he was unable to join the US Air Force due to his poor eyesight. In mid-1982, he decided on a remarkable plan - to purchase 45 eight-foot weather balloons, fill them with helium, and attach them to his lawn chair. Since the lawn chair would be tied to the ground, he could situate himself comfortably, cut the cord, and (as he planned) hover at a height of about 30ft for a few hours. Now that is an impressive commitment for a few hours of relaxation. He also made sure to take a pellet gun which he would burst the balloons with in order for a smooth descent, as well as the essential driver's relaxation necessities - sandwiches, cold beer, and a camera.
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