Take A Seat While We Wait On Kent O. Smith’s Report.

Just sit there and enjoy

Well, art takes time to craft. And Kent’s images are certainly worth the wait. I have seen a teaser, and MOMMA MIA! The St Michael’s Report is gonna be a jaw dropper. So today, we have the Higgin’s Chairs. Ya ya, I know. But I got what I got. So just sit down and enjoy, or at least pretend to enjoy.

you may recall the story on the chairs found that were sold from the Higgin’s Factory? If not, we have a link at the end of this story.

Here is the receipt.

Look super close and you can still see the HIGGIN’S Stencil.

They are TUCKI-WAY chairs. It was common practice to mark them with a stencil BTW, and so since they were not built at Higgins, I thought, mmmmm, lets clean them up.

Well, one had a faded stencil and so I let that one original, but it’s the worst chair. The others cleaned up great, and I replicated the stencil from the original one. Taking the original photo, and cleaning up the art as a file.

Them printed it out, and hand cut the type,

And took a shot at it. Randomly doing it fast, so i’s not perfect. One must channel the inner thoughts of a worker being paid 25 cents an hr back in the 40’s being given this job.

DANG! It worked!

BEFORE, again

Some Linseed Oil and Krylon, and we have chairs!

Last night we had a fun little get together and tried them out. NO BREAKS! WOOHOOO!

Crazy kids!

Full Moon and a great setting for the Higgin’s chairs.




17 replies
  1. Bilge Rat
    Bilge Rat says:

    I wonder why the original stencil had an apostrophe in the Higgins name. Grammatical error from back in the day?

    Or did I miss something?

  2. Mat
    Mat says:

    I copied exactly what was there. If you look closely at the original it is there. It was meant to be! Ha

  3. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    I figure somehow Andrew Jackson Higgins knew that one day his chairs would be featured on WoodyBoater and wanted to spell just like Matt. Just one of the boys I guess.

  4. Art
    Art says:

    I like the chairs…………………..nice ART work.

    What is the table made from? It goes nicely.

  5. Matt
    Matt says:

    The table is a Ceiling panel. We think, found in a pile. I cleaned it and oiled it. Regarding the ” ‘s ” maybe since it belongs to Higgins, therefore an ‘s as a posesive. possesive? That thing

    • Troy in ANE
      Troy in ANE says:

      Thanks Mark in Ohio!

      Matt since the name is Higgins shouldn’t it then be Higgins’s?

      Actually I think there is a story here. See these chair were actually owned by Bill and Lyla Higgin so they were Higgin’s. The receipt was falsified just to try to show ownership of the chairs.

  6. Craig A. McIntosh
    Craig A. McIntosh says:

    you’ve certainly transformed that building/property into something very cool – wow! if you ever have a boat show/gathering let us know; i’ll make the trip just to see all of this in live person. neat place of respite! cheers to you!

  7. thomas d
    thomas d says:

    i helped clean our church store room out, it was full of them. wife would only let me take two home.

  8. Waldo
    Waldo says:

    We use to call those Baptist Church Chairs, hard on the butt and teacher went on and on. You could not tear them up, being from Gulfport , Miss. they might have been made by Higgins. Address on City Park Ave. in New Orleans was a huge wood barn of a building that housed Higgins Marine, owned by a son or cousin. I bought a 35 hp Evinrude from them in 1957. Brought it home in a VW Bug, laying on passenger seat folded back to back seat. I was a happy man with my new electric start motor.

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