June 29, 2012

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Extras in We the People

When Caron Quick left California for Missouri, she thought she had left the movie business behind her. But in 2008, a woman making a movie, We the People, about the Declaration of Independence, contacted Caron and her husband, Ralph, about renting their handmade colonial Windsor chairs. The Quicks didn’t have to go to Hollywood to participate in the movie, just Kansas City. The filming took place September 2008, and the Quicks were cast as extras—something right up their alley. The movie premiered  February of 2009 in Kansas City. After that, it traveled to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., where it was shown several times daily.

The Quicks work at the Historic Daniel Boone home in Defiance. Ralph volunteers in the chair makers shop, and Caron as a historical interpreter. They also reenact battles from the French and Indian War and the War of 1812.

The Quicks learned the art of Windsor chair-making at the Windsor Institute in New Hampshire, the only school in the world teaching the craft. The Quicks construct each chair, and Caron paints them with traditional milk paint, a biodegradable and lead-free paint that was the chosen medium of artists and craftsmen until acrylic paint became available.

Visit www.thewindsorchairshop.net for more information.

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