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 defy science.      I...

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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 of old busted chair parts on an 18th C. post...

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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 time looking at chairs than I did books - they had over a dozen...

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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 you'll enjoy it too... I just had a cancellation in my August...

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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" wide.  The seat is too deep for comfort...

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Turner’s Gate/Class Cancellations

I prefer to size stretcher tenons with a Turner's Gate (Sorby calls it a Sizing Tool). It's major advantage over dowel plates and tenon cutters is that the tenon shoulder can be easily removed using a skew, plus the tenons are always in line with each other. A...

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