Fire, Water and Steel
by Elia Bizzarri | Apr 7, 2020 | Chair Stories | 0 Comments
Last Friday I delivered a Velda's Rocking Chair to Patricia. It's the first time I'd left the house in two weeks and it seemed like quite the adventure, even though it was no more than twenty minutes away. I started building the chair at Curtis Buchanan's...
A Day in Dave’s Shop
by Elia Bizzarri | Dec 31, 2019 | Chair Stories | 0 Comments
On my way home from a holiday visit to my future in-laws in KY, I delivered Michelle her new arm chair. Here's a story about her chair: As I whittled spindles for a Birdcage Arm Chair, I thought back on the day I first made spindles for the man who taught my...
Dave Sawyer’s House
by Elia Bizzarri | Dec 10, 2019 | Chair Stories | 4 Comments
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 I first visited Dave,...
by Elia Bizzarri | Jul 3, 2019 | Chair Stories | 4 Comments
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 seat of walnut. Walnut seats on traditional...
Glen and Eli
by Elia Bizzarri | May 2, 2019 | Chair Stories | 0 Comments
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 have put in a garden here. I made my first wheelbarrow wheel...
Chair Stories: The Sheriff and the Trailer
by Elia Bizzarri | Oct 28, 2018 | Chair Stories | 2 Comments
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 was off recently to buy a white oak log for a set of loop...
Chair Stories: Tall Tales
by Elia Bizzarri | Mar 28, 2018 | Chair Stories, Chairmaking Tools and Supplies | 1 Comment
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; Comb...” my mind set off, as my father’s does, on a caper of...
Chair stories: Bending Day (plus a Class Opening)
by Elia Bizzarri | Feb 1, 2018 | Chair Stories, Classes | 3 Comments
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, then putting it in a piping hot steam chamber....
Chair stories: The flaky-bark oak
by Elia Bizzarri | Nov 19, 2017 | Chair Stories | 4 Comments
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 arrive. At those times, Junior...
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