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How many Hours to Build a Chair?

This is one of the most popular questions I get asked.  I never know how to answer it.  Usually I say, “About 30 hours for a Continuous Arm chair, including 8 coats of finish.”  But the truth is I haven’t

Posted in Built for Speed Book Project

I Spoke Too Soon

In the months after I last posted about my book project,  I read what remains of Samuel Wing’s account books and spent some time comparing measurements. I compared my tracings and measurements of the red loop back labeled “WING” at

Posted in Built for Speed Book Project

A Cold Sunday Night

Yesterday, my father-in-law and I delivered a set of five chairs for Josh and his wife’s new house.  We met at a horse park and transferred the blanket-wrapped chairs into Josh’s car.  As I wrapped the chairs last week, I

Posted in Chair Stories, Classes

Chairs for Sale (At a Discount)

I’ve never offered chairs for sale at a discount, but I find myself drowning in chairs.  Many were built in classes, both online and in-person, while others I made by accident.  I am offering a discount on them for the

Posted in Chairs For Sale, Classes

Kind Roy

I still remember the excitement I felt. I was 16 years old, returning home from a week’s camping trip. My mother’s first words were, “Roy Underhill called!” We couldn’t believe it. Weeks before, my mother had found his number on

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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

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