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Monday, July 18, 2016

Rock on: Dallas O. Bump, chair craftsman, dies at 98

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 9:58 AM

click to enlarge TREASURE: Dallas Bump in one of his rocking chairs.
  • TREASURE: Dallas Bump in one of his rocking chairs.

Dallas Oliver Bump
, 98, of Bear (Garland County), died Saturday. His passing deserves a note because he was judged a living treasure of Arkansas for his custom-made rocking chairs, "the best oak rocking chairs ever made," says his obituary. One is on permanent display at the Smithsonian. His obituary recounts:

Dallas was a strong, caring Christian man, who always had positive thoughts about everyone he knew. He loved growing a garden and would always have helpful hints on how to make things grow better. Dallas was a gifted story teller; sharing stories about the early history of Bear City, places he had been, things he had seen, events from his youth, and about books he had read. Other than his family, his greatest love was working with wood and building the "best oak rocking chairs ever made". A family tradition that was handed down to him from his grandfather, through his father, making him the third generation of Bump Chair Shop craftsmen. After attending the eighth grade at Bear School three consecutive years, diligently trying to avoid going to work in the shop, Dallas finally started working in the chair shop at age 13, becoming a master craftsman and working until the age of 96. 
We've written about Bump several times, including this by Leslie Newell Peacock. Also: Enjoy the video.

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