Indomitable Spirit: A Farewell to Arms
Primitive multi-person armless seat—aka a “bench” (wood, steel, paint)
Indomitable Spirit, formerly Flat Top Tony & the Purple Canoes, is a fictional band from Mr. Show with Bob and David (season 3, episode 4). They wore colorful shirts and sang a message of hope: just because someone’s a little different from you and me, that doesn’t make them freaks… it just means you have to try a little harder not to let them make you uncomfortable.
I made this for the 2017 Famous Fictional show at Mad Art. I know making a “Mr. Show” themed bench is kind of random and abstract, but it’s what popped into my head. Sorry I missed the opening; hope it was fun. Here are some process shots.
- First, the finished piece
- But here’s where it started
- Cardboard test shapes on live edge, rough cut walnut (?)
- Chisel chisel chisel (I’m an amateur hack with woodworking and need the practice)
- Laser cut shirt shapes for butterflies
- Dry fit butterflies
- Glue and clamp
- Plane and paint
- Distress the paint a little, seal with poly-whey
- Sit on it
What have I done…? It’s for sale at Mad Art in St. Louis.