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Octagonal Legs

A couple months ago I filmed an Octagonal Side Table DVD and a Milk Painting DVD with Popular Woodworking. They should be out sometime this summer. Here’s a photo of the table:   To film a DVD you need lots

Posted in Classes, How-To

Making Shellac

This video was made by the fellow I buy my shellac flakes from.  Who knew it took so much effort by insect and man to make a pound of shellac?  Or that different trees make different kinds of shellac?  Now

Posted in Craft Films, Finishing

Curtis Carving Spoons/Settee Class

Curtis Buchanan and I spent some time carving spoons last January.  I photographed his process, which he describes as “the way a chairmaker with bad elbows carves a spoon.”  Or something like that. He carves the bowl first.  This is

Posted in Classes, How-To

Thanks Curtis

I first met Curtis Buchanan 15 years ago this month. My father drove the five hours to Jonesborough, TN and dropped me, a 17-year-old homesick boy, off for a week. Curtis had a student that week. I split logs and

Posted in Chair Stories, Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, Craft Films

Kiln Construction

We have talked about kiln temperatures and kiln heaters, now onto kiln construction. Size The primary use of a chairmaking kiln is to super-dry tenons. It’s nice to be able to set bends in a kiln too. This requires the

Posted in How-To, Kiln

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