My assistant Seth Elliott and I are selling oak rivings. Oak blanks are split from an log to ensure straight grained, knot-free chair parts. They are shipped green (wet), wrapped in plastic, and look like glorified pieces of firewood.
I prefer to use red oak for spindles and white oak for bends. Red oak seems to yield straighter spindles, and white oak bends more predictably. If I have both kinds of oak on hand, that is what I’ll ship, unless you specify otherwise. I ship both heartwood and sapwood parts, since sapwood is often some of the best wood in the log.
I charge actual shipping costs plus a packing fee, which varies from about $10 to $30 based on package size. After shipping the order, I will e-mail you a bill for the total cost, including the wood, packing and shipping. Rivings are always shipped separately from other items to prevent damage.
Rivings are made to order and may take a number of weeks to ship, depending on my current backlog. Contact me for more info or to place an order.
Windsor Chair Parts
12″ Spindle — $1.00 ea.
24″ Spindle — $3.50 ea.
30″ Spindle — $4.00 ea.
1×1″ Bow — $14.00 ea. (specify length)
Crest — $13.00 ea. (specify ALL THREE finished dimensions)
Continuous Arm Back, With Handhold — $20.00 ea. (specify ALL THREE finished dimensions)
Ladderback Chair Parts
Back Post 1 5/8 x 35″ — $14.00 ea.
Front Post 1 5/8 x 20″ — $9.00 ea.
Long Rung 1 x 17″ — $3.00 ea.
Short Rung 1 x 14″ — $2.00 ea.
Back Slat 1/2 x 4 x 18″ — $10.00 ea.
I am happy to make parts to your size (and possibly species) requirements — contact me for pricing. However, I do not sell maple rivings.
MAPLE BILLETS & SEAT BLANKS
I have bought hundreds of seats from Nicholas Cicchinelli, who has the finest one and two-piece air-dried white pine seats. He sometimes also sells green maple turning blanks and oak splits. Contact him for more info:
302 State Highway 458
St. Regis Falls, NY 12980
Update: Nick will be out of single-piece seats for most of 2018, but he does have plenty of two-piece seats. Unfortunately, I don’t know of any other sources for wide white pine.