A folding chair my father made

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A folding chair my father made

I have been using this chair since my childhood; the only piece of furniture made by my father I brought with me to UK.

He worked as a carpenter in Indian Army under British Rule till 1948. I don't know exactly when my father joined the army and when exactly he made the chair, but it was one of masterpiece from the several other pieces of furniture he made for the house.

The chair in turn brought hopes and dreams of raising the standard of the family in the village. My mother and 3 elder sisters all dotted on me the first boy in the family. Every morning they would bathe me dress me comb my hair, so that I was fit to sit on this beautiful chair.

After a struggle of a decade I managed to join the art school in Chandigarh and trained as sculptor, and traveled to Britain via Africa. I must add I had been lucky; life gave me the chance to secure various sculpture commissions, exhibit in 1983 with names like Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth in a major outdoor show in South Wales. My work was shown at the Hayward gallery London in show in 1989.

This was the dream moment my father waited to be realized when saw me sitting on this chair in my childhood; unfortunately he died long befor

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My father worked in army till 1948


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