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Bending Dents – What do they Mean?

I’ve started getting my act together for my book project and I have a couple puzzles to figure out. As a reminder, I’m building two-dozen copies of this chair in Independence Hall’s collection, hopefully in about 140 hours:   The

Posted in Built for Speed Book Project

I’m Writing a Book

I just got back from a three week trip, equal parts vacation, research trip and photography experiment. Last winter I signed a book contract about early 19th. Century chairmaking with Lost Art Press. This trip was the first step on

Posted in Built for Speed Book Project

Chair Stories: A Tree Crew

This afternoon Edward picked up a set of four custom walnut and oak swivel bar stools that his wife Phyllis had helped design. Here’s a story about their chairs: Note: Nobody was hurt in this story. Other than a plastic

Posted in Chair Stories

Trugs and Hoops

Here’s a few more shorts from the British Pathe: Bentwood trug baskets being made in 1929. They have some sort of a square steam box. What was this made out of? I assume there was no CDX plywood at this

Posted in Craft Films

Steam Boxes: Doors, Racks, Extensions and More

The first part of this series talked about heat, what to make you box out of and whether you really need a box at all. On to other details: Box size:  The box should be as small as possible to

Posted in Steam Box

Chair Stories: My Friend, The Bluesman

The phone rings.  I put down my red chair-order book, lean forward in my chair, lift the receiver.   “John Dee died last night.” What do you say when a 92 year old man dies?  I mumble that I am

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Reject Baseball Bats Turned Chair Legs

Brian Boggs called one afternoon a couple months ago. “There are two 18-wheeler loads of green hard maple baseball bat blanks and scraps at this mill in Pennsylvania I just left,” he said. Alexa spouted directions in the background as

Posted in Chairmaking Tools and Supplies

A Day in Curtis’s Shop

I spent two days with Curtis Buchanan, Marilyn and Summer last week, visiting and hanging out in the shop.  This was my first trip playing with my new fancy-pants camera – here’s some photos I took. Share: FacebookTwitterLinkedinemail

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