(Orange, Texas)

May 3, 2014

Desire, boredom creates treasure from cardboard

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

BRIDGE CITY — From bored to cardboard inspirations for a chair was fabricated.

Dolf Dickson, 62, owner of Cardinal Quick Lube, has a unique chair on display in the waiting area of his shop. A chair made out of double walled corrugated cardboard.

Yes, cardboard.

“Back then we did not have video games,” Dickson said. “We had to create ways to entertain ourselves or make our own toys and games.”

Dickson was 17 during the long summer months when the vision struck him.

“I wanted something to put in my bedroom,” Dickson said. “I had some cardboard and asked myself, how can I make something like a chair.”

To obtain the materials needed for the project, Dickson rode his bicycle to and from Western Auto. Western Auto was a business once located at the Gateway Shopping center in Beaumont.

“It was a department store with a wide variety of tools, appliances and household items,” Dickson said. “They had a great toy department.”

Dickson said he selected the cardboard used for shipping refrigerators for his project.

“The cardboard was double walled making it stronger,” Dickson said.

The choice was a wise decision as the chair is still used today as it is displayed in the waiting area of Cardinal Quick Lube, 1004 Roundbunch Road in Bridge City.

However, the chair was nearly ravished by a cyclone when a tornado ripped the roof from a four-plex apartment Dickson resided in the early 1980s in Beaumont.

“A huge chuck of the roof was ripped off by the tornado, exposing the rafters,” Dickson said. “Then the rains came soaking the insulation and causing the sheetrock to fall.”

Dickson describes how the ceiling came down at once creating a tarp effect in his apartment, protecting his belongings.

“I lost one lamp shade,” Dickson said. “It was shortly after my birthday and I had a new leather jacket in the chair when it happened. The water soaked through the sheetrock and put a cool design with a neat shape on the jacket.”

The design has since faded, Dickson added.

Dickson said the chair has intrigued several customers since he bought the shop in 2012.

“I have had women go home and bring their husband back just to see the chair,” Dickson said. “I have also seen husbands bring their wife in to see it.”

Now a treasure, it began as a youth bored during summer vacation.