Chairs for Sale (At a Discount)

I’ve never offered chairs for sale at a discount, but I find myself drowning in chairs.  Many were built in classes, both online and in-person, while others I made by accident.  I am offering a discount on them for the month of November (except for the last chair, but I think you’ll understand why when you see it).  I can ship them anywhere in the US.  Details below:

Comb Back Arm Chair:  I made a mistake.  The customer told me he wanted tapered baluster legs on his chair and I made my normal comb back with Philadelphia baluster legs.  I found this out two days ago and have since made all the parts for a new one, this time with the right feet.  The chair currently has three coats of the red base coat that goes under a black-over-red finish, so it can be black-over-red or just barn red.  $2100 (usually $2600)  SOLD

 

I made this chair in a class a couple years ago and we’ve had it at our table since then.  I used the worst bow in the pile and it’s got a slight dip at the very center where you’d like it to go up.  You might not notice it, but I do.  $2500 (usually $3000) SOLD

I this Democratic Chair in the online class Curtis Buchanan and I did last year. The seat was carved at Roy Underhill’s shop because my internet went out.  The internet was still out the next week, so I assembled the undercarriage there too.  Something went terribly wrong (you can watch the video to find out – I don’t remember), so tried again at home between classes (you can watch that too).  It’s a perfectly sound chair, but it has some cosmetic issues –  a crack in the spindle deck being the most noticeable.  $1000 (usually $1400)  SOLD

 

I have two of these Velda’s Arm chairs. One is walnut, hickory and butternut like the one pictured. I don’t remember why I have it. It has hung in the shop for a few years, awaiting it’s shellac. The other is white oak with a butternut seat and I built it in the Velda’s online class series I did with Curtis Buchanan this spring.  $2700  each (usually $3000)  SOLD

I don’t have the right photo, so this one will have to do. I build a Velda’s rocker in the class with Curtis and painted one coat of red on everything except the seat during the last class, intending to paint it black-over-red, leaving the butternut seat showing through. It’s still in that stage, waiting for me to “get around to it”.  $2900 (usually $3300) SOLD

Comb back rocker

The week the pandemic started, I was teaching a comb back rocking chair class.  My friend Bill Anderson was in it – it was the first time we’d built chairs together since we co-taught at the John C. Campbell Folk School ten or 15 years ago.  I built one rocker in the class and started another – they are unpainted so you get to choose.  $2500 (usually $2800)  BOTH SOLD

This birdcage is the oldest chair I have for sale – I made it in 2013 with a student.  The back is a little more upright than most of my chairs, but I really like it.  $2300 (usually $2600)  SOLD

This was another mistake –  far the worst mistake with an order I’ve made in 20 years of chairmaking.    The fellow wanted a rocker and this is what I made him.  Luckily I happened to send him a photo of it before it went in the crate – he was very gracious and I’ve had it at our table for the last year.  I now send a photo before every chair I ship.  I rather like this chair, which is saying a lot since I tend towards the traditional.   $2000 (usually $2200)

 

Reproduction Writing Arm Fancy Chair

Reproduction of an early 19th Century writing arm chair in the Dewitt Wallace Museum at Colonial Williamsburg.

I’ve saved the best for last.  This is a copy of a chair in the Colonial Williamsburg collection, attributed to William Challen of Lexington, KY (he was in NY before that, where he has the first known ad for a fancy chair, a style of early 19th. chairs that became intensely popular).  Seth and I spent two days measuring the chair, we came home and spent a couple months learning how to build it, then we did a presentation on it at the Working Wood symposium in January 2020.  I turned everything on a pole lathe, bored all the holes with spoon bits, then Williamsburg’s conservator Chris Swan spent a couple weeks finishing it with period paints.  The black marks are called smoke graining – you hold the chair, painted in half-wet paint, up to a candle and the soot adheres to the paint in swirling clouds. I signed a contract that I would not make any more of these, so this chair is truly unique and will remain so.  $6500

Posted in Chairs For Sale, Classes
Subscribe
Notify of
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Subscribe to Elia’s Blog

1,170 Subscribers

Search the Blog

Donate

If you enjoy this blog and would like to donate, click the link below. Thanks!