To continue my life as a true ski bum, for the main class project, I am going forward with the up-cycle theme. For years now, my father and I have talked about turning all of our old skis into a bench or a chair. I see benches like this all over the place in ski towns, and I want one for myself. This will allow me to create a mountain home/ski bum aesthetic on the front porch of my parents house in Winter Park! My prototype model is shown below. Each popsicle stick represents either a front half or back half of a ski.
I am shooting for an aesthetic like the one shown below, but I will need to do some modifications to the design to fulfill the project requirement of being dynamic.
Originally I wanted to hang the chair from the roof joists that cover the front porch of my parents house, allowing it to swing freely in only one direction. After speaking with my parents on what they thought about that idea, my mother decided she wanted the chair to reside by the fire pit out back. This completely eliminated the possibility of a swinging chair because I do not have the funds to build a support frame for something like that, so I am changing the design to be a rocking chair. I will be relying on the flex in skis to give the chair its motion.
The chair will sit on top of some skis like shown above. The lower horizontal pieces will be the skis, and the chair part will attach to the ends, allowing for the chair to bounce\rock back and fourth.