Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Gouge’s Handle

Today I turned 103 baby rattles. This may seem a long day, but it’s less than a day’s work at two and a half minutes each. I’ve been turning rattles since I was 16. Tom Donahey was the straw-boss at

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Posted in Chair Stories, How-To

Red oak for Chests

Last week a local tree guy offered me a beautiful Northern Red Oak log, straight, clear, and no twist.  He said it was 18″ in diameter, which is the first time I can remember anyone underestimating the size of a

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Posted in Chairmaking Tools and Supplies

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