so to the left is the before photo (sorry it's so small - it was an image the museum sent) - john did a great job! - my part was in the collaboration of the design - all the stripping (a gazillion staples) was all john and a ton of power and hand sanding (white wash paint on the wood was not easy to remove) plus wood steam bending and assembling - john liked the idea of leaving some of the remnants of the chair's former life - some of the paint in the cracks and the staples holes left behind in the areas that held down the upholstery. right from the beginning we knew that the silhouette of the former chair had to echo through whatever was done. I think the chair reflects our aesthetics completely. it will be picked up today and I hope the textile museum will love it as much as we do.