I got some photos back from my photographer of a reproduction chair I made for a collector in Kentucky, who owns the original of this chair. It is the only signed Windsor chair from KY known to exist, made near Lexington KY between about 1810 and 1830. The old chair...
My First Chair
by Elia Bizzarri | Nov 16, 2020 | Antique Chairs, Chair Stories | 3 Comments
More Fancy Arm
by Elia Bizzarri | Oct 24, 2019 | Antique Chairs, How-To | 0 Comments
This post continues my adventures as I figure out how to attach the arm to my copy of a 1800's writing arm chair for Williamsburg's Working Wood in the 18th Century conference. My first post is here if you missed it. The old chair had the post notched to receive the...
A Fancy Arm
by Elia Bizzarri | Oct 22, 2019 | Antique Chairs, How-To | 2 Comments
I am copying this 1810-1820's KY writing arm chair for the Colonial Williamsburg symposium in January. Seth and I spent two days measuring and photographing it at Williamsburg's furniture conservation lab, and now two months later I'm trying to piece it all back...
Old Guy’s Mistakes
by Elia Bizzarri | Nov 20, 2018 | Antique Chairs | 0 Comments
My girlfriend and I went up to Brandywine, PA over July 4th to visit friends. One day we walked to a 19th C. three story milk barn that had been converted to an enormous used book store. I spent more time looking at chairs than I did books - they had over a dozen...
Early 19th C. Settee
by Elia Bizzarri | Mar 16, 2018 | Antique Chairs | 2 Comments
My girlfriend Morgan and I went to an estate sale last weekend that had several early 19th C. Windsors, including this settee. I love looking at old chairs - there's so much to learn. It's pretty big, 60 or 70" wide. The seat is too deep for comfort...
by Elia Bizzarri | Jan 1, 2017 | Antique Chairs | 0 Comments
I just started a fun job. A customer wants two copies of this early 19th C. barstool. I love getting to spend time with old chairs like this - there is so much to learn. Last week I turned the turned parts and bent those that get bent. The new and...
A Cool Old Joint
by Elia Bizzarri | Sep 18, 2016 | Antique Chairs, How-To | 0 Comments
The last time I saw Jennie Alexander was 15 years and two months ago. She was John then and I was a 17 year old kid. I spend three weeks living in Baltimore learning to build a 17th century joint stool and learning to think like a lawyer. I visited Jennie on my way to...
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