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Dave Sawyer

“I was talking with Dave Sawyer last week and I asked him if you could go work with him.  He said ‘yes.’” I was standing in Curtis Buchanan’s garden, helping him pick vegetables. I had been apprenticing with Curtis for

Posted in Classes

Rare Treadle Lathes for Sale

My blacksmith friend Peter Ross called last week.  “I bought a couple lathes in an auction.  Could you help me move them this afternoon?” This can be a fearsome request, for Peter has a habit of buying machinist lathes weighing

Posted in Classes

German Rakemaker

Morgan and I got back from a west-coast vacation a couple weeks ago and I’ve been carving seats and gluing up chairs ever since.   I’ve got 18 undercarriages together and 22 to go.  I might switch to putting backs

Posted in Craft Films

Choosing a Lathe

I’ve been turning a lot lately.  Five weeks ago I got an order for 40 chairs (28 loop backs and 12 Continuous Arm chairs)  for a Michigan hunting camp’s dining hall. I’ve turned 250 legs, arm stumps and center stretchers

Posted in Chairmaking Tools and Supplies

The Dominy Lathe is Done (almost)

A few days ago I picked up the spikes for my new lathe from blacksmith Peter Ross. He seemed to enjoy making them: “People don’t want work this rough very often, but I was trained to make reproductions like this.”

Posted in Built for Speed Book Project, Sprinpole Lathe

Building a Dominy Springpole Lathe

Last fall I had the joy of spending a couple hours in the Dominy shop at Winturtur to measure their Springpole Lathe. I’ve finally started building a copy of it, for use in the book on early 19th Century chairmaking

Posted in Built for Speed Book Project, Sprinpole Lathe

Quaker John

This is a story for John and his family. It’s also for Scott, who’s Comb Back Arm Chair and Windsor Table were delivered last month. I wrote the story in the middle of January, when it happened: John Braxton died

Posted in Chair Stories

Growing a Loop Back Arm Chair

As most of you know, I’m at Curtis Buchanan’s designing a Loop Back Arm chair. On the second day we had a visitor from NC, Reid Gamble who has been apprenticing with laddarback chairmaker Lyle Wheeler. First we bored for

Posted in Chair Stories, Classes

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