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With the delivery of each chair order, the customer gets a short story I wrote about their chairs. The stories are a personal memento of the chairmaking process, a moment in the chairs’ birth preserved in words.

Dave Sawyer’s House

Painting a Comb Back Rocker for Sandra and Joseph, my mind wandered over the distant past, and I started daydreaming about Dave Sawyer. Dave Sawyer is my chairmaking grandfather. I learned from Curtis Buchanan, and Curtis learned from Dave. When

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Walnut Heaven

Cara had been looking for a rocker her size for ten years. I made her a Comb Back Rocker one thickness of Nancy Evans’ ‘American Windsor Chairs’ shorter than it’s usual height, put simpler hand-holds on it and made the

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Glen and Eli

Life’s been busy here. Two classes in April (one here and one at Roy Underhill’s) and a two week class at Penland the end of May means I’ve turned about 200 chair parts in the last month. Morgan and I

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Chair Stories: The Sheriff and the Trailer

Last week my sweetheart Morgan delivered the last four loop backs in a set of six loop backs and two sack backs.  Who knew four chairs would fit in a Prius! Here’s the story I wrote about the chairs: I

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Chair Stories: Tall Tales

Teresa bought a Comb Back Rocker, a chair I built with my friend Don a couple years ago. Here’s a story about her chair: I put the finishing touches on the Comb Back Rocker, and set down my brush. “Brush;

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Chair stories: Bending Day (plus a Class Opening)

Last month Leo bought a Velda’s Arm chair, a chair I made at Anderson Ranch with the class I was teaching there.  Here’s a story about his chair: Imagine spending a hard day’s work shaping a single piece of walnut,

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Chair stories: The flaky-bark oak

My student Christophe from Australia commissioned three Pete’s Stools with white oak legs and butternut seats.  Here’s the story about his chairs: I like the log yard when it is quiet, and the three-man crew is waiting for trucks to

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Chair Stories: The Hardwood Forest

I first heard it today, as I was turning legs for a set of four Loop Back side chairs. The lathe is all you hear when it’s running. Yet each time I turned it off, the sound was closer. Finally,

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