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American Seat Woods

Nearly any wood will work for a Windsor chair seat. It depends on how much work you are willing to do and how heavy a chair you want to move every time you finish dinner. I refuse to use anything

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Posted in Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, How-To

Turning Chess Pieces

With the holidays, a new girlfriend and huge quantities of tool orders, I have been delinquent in my blog posts lately. This year saw a huge growth in my business, with Seth Elliott starting to help me make tools, refurbish

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Posted in Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, Craft Films

Chair stories: The flaky-bark oak

My student Christophe from Australia commissioned three Pete’s Stools with white oak legs and butternut seats.  Here’s the story about his chairs: I like the log yard when it is quiet, and the three-man crew is waiting for trucks to

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Posted in Chair Stories

Milk Paint Viscosity Measure/Studio Tour

The viscosity of milk paint directly affects the ease with which the paint can be applied and the smoothness of the painted surface.  True milk paint only comes in powered form and must be mixed with water before use (“pre-mixed”

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Posted in Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, Chairs For Sale, Finishing, How-To

Turner’s Gate/Class Cancellations

I prefer to size stretcher tenons with a Turner’s Gate (Sorby calls it a Sizing Tool). It’s major advantage over dowel plates and tenon cutters is that the tenon shoulder can be easily removed using a skew, plus the tenons

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Posted in Classes, How-To

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