If you ask our 20-year-old son what book series had the biggest impact on his life growing up, beyond a doubt, it would be Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling. The first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone came out just two years before he was born and by the time he was six he was reading it. When he finished the final book in the series, The Deathly Hallows, he went through a period of mourning for several days until we could find him a new book to dive into. For years, he lived and breathed Harry Potter. In fact, he knew the series and movies so well, none of us would play Harry Potter Scene It with him, as he would win before anyone else had been given a turn.
So you can only imagine how much our house, and particular my son, was filled with excitement when I accepted a special commission to create the well-know wizard Dumbledore from Harry Potter.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Harry Potter series, Dumbledore, served as the Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and in that role was an extremely influential mentor to orphan Harry.
He is distinctly recognizable with his long beard, beautiful gowns and wrinkled face. The pressure was definitely on me to nail this one as my family watched in anticipation for Dumbledore to come to life.
I am extremely proud of the outcome of this chair (see the 2 pics below) because my son says, “I nailed it.” And, in this case, his opinion means the world to me. In fact, I have a feeling I just might be making another chair like this for him when he graduates from college.