about 7 years ago, i found two of these chairs, both in quite a state of disrepair, sitting by a dumpster, driving through one of those neighborhoods where people’s houses cost upward of a million dollars, despite being just like the houses in my neighborhood. that’s L.A. for you. they’re not my favorite chairs of all times, but they have been sturdy and serviceable for all these years now, despite their ragged appearance. since we didn’t buy them, and they’re really shabby, we have never been careful with them, rocking back in the chair & putting strain on its joinery, standing on them to reach up-high places, and occasionally using them as makeshift sawhorses. they just keep on being great furniture. i love it when the stuff you have that was free is way better than the things you paid for. i also love old things, if that much isn’t clear, and i love making sketches of my favorite (or the most interesting) parts of these old things.