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Learning Wood

I love learning about trees and wood.  Wood is both one of human’s simplest and most complex raw materials; anyone with an ax can ‘mine’ wood, yet wood’s chemical structure is so complex that there are many mysteries that still

Posted in How-To

No-Glue Stools

I’ve talked about this “good-no-good” joint a couple times before. Basically you turn it green, dry it for a couple days in a kiln and drive it into a green mortise. I first saw this joint in Jennie Alexander’s collection

Posted in How-To, No-Glue joints

Old Guy’s Mistakes

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

Posted in Antique Chairs

Testing Wood Owl bits/class opening

I recently posted about drill bit varieties for chairmaking and got a number of comments about Wood Owl bits. I had never used them, but someone kindly sent me a couple to try. Here’s what I found: There is no

Posted in Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, Classes, How-To

A week in a chairmaking class

One of my students filmed this short video during his week in my shop building a Continuous Arm Windsor chair. It’s fun for me to hear some of the random things I say during a week in the shop. Maybe

Posted in Classes, How-To

Review of Chairmaking Drill Bits

The following are my thoughts on drill bits for Windsor chairmaking. Bear in mind that I have used some of these bits (augers, bradpoints, etc.) daily for 15 years and other bits I have used infrequently.  In these reviews, I

Posted in Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, How-To

Early 19th C. Settee

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″

Posted in Antique Chairs

American Seat Woods

Nearly any wood will work for a Windsor chair seat. It depends on how much work you are willing to do and how heavy a chair you want to move every time you finish dinner. I refuse to use anything

Posted in Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, How-To

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