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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

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

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

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