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The Drawknife I Love

Troy and his wife picked up a set of four loop backs and one continuous arm last week. Troy took a class from me a couple years ago – my chairs will join his chair to form a complete set

Posted in Chair Stories

French Spoons with Jane Mickelborough

“What did you do during the pandemic, ”  friends will soon be asking.  Now you can have a good answer:  “I made a set of French eating spoons for our dining table.”  Boy, will they be impressed. First we’ll learn

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Clogs and Coracles

For being in the middle of a pandemic, my life is pretty full.  Tools and chairs have been selling better than ever in my career. I have made over 200 reamers in the last 12 months and am about to

Posted in Craft Films

Velda’s Chair Class with Curtis Buchanan

    I first made one of Curtis Buchanan’s  Velda’s Chairs about six or eight years ago when a neighbor came by my shop and ordered two bar stools and a settee in Velda’s style. They wanted the chairs unpainted,

Posted in Classes

Chairmaker’s Woodturning Class, plus Bowl Carving with Dave Fisher

I remember the day I first heard of Dave Fisher.  I was standing in front of my shop talking with one of my students about Instagram and he mentioned Dave Fisher.  He seemed surprised that I’d never heard of him,

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Joe’s Backyard

Last week I shipped a Continuous Arm Rocker to a customer in AZ. This is a story about his chair: Seth and I stood in the yard and stared. Sheds and and lean-tos filled to overflowing with machines surrounded us;

Posted in Chair Stories

Fan Birds with Jane Mickelborough/Chairmaking Videos

I first met Jane Mickelborough when she spent three days with me and taught a class on spooncarving in my shop.  They spent a day carving the spoon, a day chip carving and a day doing wax inlay.  Her work

Posted in Classes, Craft Films

Old Spoon Videos

I have a ball last weekend carving spoons with Peter Follanbee and am looking forward to this weekend’s class. Peter has everything – the deep voice, the big personality, mad skills and a flowing beard. What more could you want?

Posted in Craft Films

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