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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

Posted in Chair Stories

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

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