Neal Webb is sitting in the spot where his unique handmade driftwood chair was stolen from The House of Zebra in Kingscliff.
Neal Webb is sitting in the spot where his unique handmade driftwood chair was stolen from The House of Zebra in Kingscliff. Nolan Verheij-Full

100kg driftwood chair too much for thieves to resist

NEAL Webb is not taking the theft of his $650 driftwood chair lying down - or sitting, as it may be.

The chair, which weighs about 100kg and is made almost entirely of driftwood, was stolen from The House of Zebra shop in Seaview St, Kingscliff during the night of January 28.

"Someone cut the chain and took it away in the night," Mr Webb.

"I'm a little gutted, but geez they must have wanted it really bad.

"I only hope whoever took it is sitting comfortably looking at the stars and not chopping it up for firewood."

Mr Webb said the theft of the chair, which is treasured by the cafe's staff and customers, was a strange act.

The stolen chair.
The stolen chair. Contributed

"It weighs a lot and is bulky as hell; we even had to put it on the roof of our van to take it down there," he said.

"It's a one-of-a-kind chair, so it should be easy to recognise.

"I only hope the bench can be returned and sold to someone who will appreciate it."

Mr Webb said The House of Zebra's owner Erin McCormack was devastated by the theft.

"She was crying about the whole situation, but I told her it wasn't her fault at all" he said.

"It would be so amazing for both of us if the chair was returned."

The chair was on display and in use at The House of Zebra for several months before the theft.

Mr Webb works as a plumber and entertainer, but makes driftwood furniture as a hobby for the extra cash and to keep his creative juices flowing.

Call Mr Webb on 0423 364 207 if you have seen his unique creation.



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