Picture of 'The Royal Birding Chair'
The concept of this project was born many many years ago. With some friends I was on a festival with a lot of beer, a lot of rock bands and a lot of fun. All around there were a lot of stalls also with a lot of everything and particularly an african-inspired site were a lot of handmade stuff was sold.

There was a chair, hardwood, foldable, handmade, heavy and too expensive for my student's budget at that time. I wanted it, so I decided to make one myself. I spent a lot of time hanging around making mental pictures (there were no mobiles yet - I'm gettin' old!) and took some basic measurements with a, well, empty beer bottle...

Back at home I started experimenting and when my first one was finished I discovered that this could be THE birding chair.

I love birding. Sitting 12 hours on a mountain pass to observe & count migrating raptors, storks, passerines and other stuff passing by is something you really must have done in this life. It's magic, I can't describe it differently.

But, while birding you're looking all the time into the sky. Painful and bad for your neck, except with this chair. Why? Because you're leaning backwards!

When I arrived for the first time in Organbidexka, a french counting site, everybody looked at me and wanted to test that crazy thing. They called it 'La Chaise Royale' - The Royal Chair.
Since then I did a lot of modifications - this must be version 4.0 or so...

Why is it different from those other 'ethnic' chairs? Because in a classic foldable chair the seat goes in the back, in mine the back goes into the seat since I wanted a very large sitting surface - luxury birding!

I made this one a few years ago. Since then the wood has started to split and I've got to do some reinforcements with aluminium plates and bolts. Many people have asked me the dimensions of it and hence I didn't know Instructables at the time I made it there are no pics of the building process. The sketches and plans will compensate, I hope.

Build it. Test it!
agabpardo3 months ago

That is really Awesome! however to cat is meh. pff cats.

pudtiny2 years ago
Great diagrams I like them better than computer generated ones
bricobart (author)  pudtiny2 years ago
Thanx, that's my opinion too! Mythbusters style!!!
haha yeah, i agree :) hope you don't mind me asking, but what program do you use for your diagrams? do you also have some sort of computer drawing board or do you use a tablet?
bricobart (author)  FrozenIce2 years ago
Well, first you draw it by hand.
Scan the picture.
Vectorise it in INCSCAPE (free on the net, great to use)
Change the colours in the same program.
Export as bitmap.
Change to jpeg.

Sweet! But then again, the basis of it is still drawing by hand, which, so far for the human race, has been the most diverse and simple... so yeah... awesome!
bricobart (author)  FrozenIce2 years ago
It's so nice to draw by hand! The better the whisky, the easier it goes ;-)
msw1002 years ago
I think that type of chair was original designed and used by monks many centuries ago
not into birding my self but the chair is ace, your cat is so cute too, :)
bricobart (author)  Pixie Puddle2 years ago
Thanxxxx ;-) Another one saved from the road...
Kiteman2 years ago
Oh, now that's just lazy...

bricobart (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
Hahaha! I'm sure that if you tested it for only 5 seconds you'll reply to me, saying 'IT'S SO GREAT TO BE A LAZY BIRDER!'
Love the design and the kitty :D
bricobart (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
No kidding, that's her REAL name!!!
I love our Kitty also, she's the best vice&bolts-soccer-player I've ever seen ;-)
ilpug2 years ago
Oh wow, that's so simple and classy! I love it.
bricobart (author)  ilpug2 years ago
Simplicity is my second name ;-) Thanx!