Published at Monday, April 02nd, 2018 - 04:03:59 AM. Balloon Chair. By Gilberte Fournier.
A point often forgotten when purchasing chairs is restoration, as few surviving examples would not have been repaired at some stage. When purchasing chairs, it is not unusual to spend more money with a good restorer than you actually paid for the article itself. The repair of a chair, the most used object in the home, is expensive when compared to, say, a chest of drawers. If restored properly, a chest of drawers may need serious attention only once every 50 or so years, where a set of chairs may need attention on a frequent basis. Sets of chairs that are let go for generations often need a lot of attention, even to a point of needing to be steamed apart and re-glued which takes time and patience. A single chair often consumes more time than for a dining table. Even now in our local area, it is not easy to find a competent tradesman to repair sets of chairs, as they all look upon them as 'charity' jobs.
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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