Published at Monday, April 02nd, 2018 - 04:05:23 AM. Balloon Chair. By Gilberte Fournier.
In this same period, the balloon-back chair was also introduced, but not without problems as, again, the Australian cedar timber was not very kind to both designers and manufacturers alike. The balloon-back chair is certainly pleasing to the eye but, unfortunately, its weakness lies in where the balloon back joins the rear legs, along with the other problems that the traditional bar back may have had. They are an excellent chair but must certainly be treated with respect; that is, pick them up with both hands or by the back rail, not the splat. It only makes sense and, if considered, the balloon back chair must be weaker as the cresting rail (top rail) is often held with a single dowel on each side of the balloon as opposed to a tapered dovetail joint as seen on rail-back chairs of the period. These chairs mostly have turned legs, but occasionally the hoop and legs are carved; they were covered with sprung stuff over seats often in leather or simulated leather.
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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