Santa Fe Opera – 2018
Director: James Gaffigan
Scenic Designer: Tobias Hoheisel
Props Master: Randy Lutz
USITT Peggy Ezekiel Award Boards Choice
Our shopper was able to find one of the two antique chairs we needed, but I was given the task of building a second one. It was a huge undertaking just to measure the piece in order to make a scale drawing. Once I had created a plan, side and front view I was able to pattern the seat and legs. Once the base was assembled I was able to do a rough carve. I had to lay up three massive blocks of wood for the complex compound curve of the back, each of which had to be cut and then sanded to fit together with dowels. The top detail was laid up and the entire back and top detail was hand carved.
Labor Hours: Approximately 90