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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

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

Dowel Plates/New Class

Over a decade ago, a customer told me he used a dowel plate to cut the tenons on his spindles.  “That won’t work,” I replied, having never tried it myself.  Last fall, I switched to using dowel plates to cut

Posted in Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, Classes, Craft Films, How-To

Pitchforks with Curtis

I’ve made a few pitchforks for historical museums over the years, though I can hardly say I’m an expert. Curtis Buchanan called me a few months ago and said he wanted to make a pitchfork. Here’s some photos from my

Posted in How-To

Barstool Reproduction

I just started a fun job.  A customer wants two copies of this early 19th C. barstool.  I love getting to spend time with old chairs like this – there is so much to learn.  Last week I turned the

Posted in Antique Chairs

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