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With the delivery of each chair order, the customer gets a short story I wrote about their chairs. The stories are a personal memento of the chairmaking process, a moment in the chairs’ birth preserved in words.

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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Chair Stories: The Workbench (plus new classes & chest update)

Last week I delivered a set of two Birdcage Side Chairs and two Birdcage Arm Chairs to Cara in Chapel Hill, NC. Here’s a story about her chairs: I wiped a spot of spilled hide glue off the workbench as

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Chair Stories: The Bluesman

Marshall and Jeffrey picked up a pair of loop back side chairs today. Here’s a story about their chairs: John Dee Holman says he can sing the blues to make you cry, and I believe him. His half-brother is my

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Chair Stories: The Little Walnut

With the delivery of each chair order, the customer gets a short story I wrote about their chairs. Today I delivered two Velda’s Barstools and a Velda’s Settee to Rick and Betsy in Hillsborough, NC. A story about their chairs…

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