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  1. Introduction Dear folks, I have a wonderfully pleasant surprise for you, Hal Taylor contacted our community here at The Patriot Woodworker and asked us if we'd like to showcase his original rocking chair book and the first three chapters of his new book, to you all. The premise of this generosity is to help folks make it through their Covid19 Quarantine time in their homes, in their shops. To give you something to read, to take your mind off it all, and hopefully, to start your own journey in making a rocking chair that you and yours will cherish for generations to come, and to even quite possibly help you on your own journey to create a new business for yourself, building chairs. This is an incredible gesture by Hal, and I want to thank him completely for giving us this wonderful opportunity. The main book that Hal is allowing us to view, is the same book I purchased years ago for a pretty penny, it wasn't cheap, and for good reason, it discloses all the secrets into making these incredible chairs, the book takes all the mystery out of the joinery, the bends, the curves, and shapes, the lamination's, all of it. It will become clear once you delve into Hal's book and build your first chair. And the sense of pride you'll have, is incredible, I know it was an awakening moment for me building this chair, there is so much to learn and so many skills you'll learn along the way that will open up your mind to a much wider perspective in woodworking. View To view his main book "How to Make a Beautiful Rocking Chair by Hal Taylor" and his newest first three chapters that contain video links to the process of building these chairs, you can see his Dropbox files by clicking on the image below. I would also like to personally ask you all, that if you do choose to view Hal's books, please consider leaving the books in the Dropbox account, I'd prefer they not be downloaded for copyright reasons, and I'd prefer they be read and viewed online. Given that, I also completely understand that some of you may not have internet access out at the shop thus the ability to view online as you build would not be possible, so the download feature was left intact for you to put on your laptops hard drive to be able to take out to your shop and view it there.. Hal is a very trusting and generous man, please use my suggestions as out lined above. I completely understand there may be the rare instance a download must occur, but please use that feature sparingly, Hal put a ton of work into the production of this book, and we will respect that. In closing I'd like to thank Hal Taylor from the bottom of my heart for allowing us this wonderful opportunity at a great cost to him, but for us it's completely at no cost. I have worked with Hal for a few years now with my own rocking chairs, Hal is always available for questions, he wants you to succeed, he is a philosopher, a gentleman, and something many may not know, he is a veteran, and his heart is big. Thank you Hal, Links of interest Hal Taylor Rocking Chairs Hal Taylor YouTube Channel Hal Taylor Vimeo Channel Hal Taylor Rocking Chair University Hal Taylor Rocking Chair Group (forum) Chairs by John Morris (made by Hal Taylor's book)
  2. Four production side chairs were completed this week. The design is original. Primary material is cherry. The seat is made from hard maple with two cherry accent pieces and was scooped using the TS. The back support has both cherry and maple splats and the rails are curved along a 33” inner radius. The chair is finished with BLO and precat lacquer. The design has a lot of angles, particularly the lower stretchers. The stretcher assembly uses loose dowel-tenon joinery, so there are 24 mortises and 16 angled surfaces that must play nice with each other. The rear legs are taper on three sides to 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" and have a subtle castle detail added. You can follow the prototype design/build here. Danl
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    Have you ever thought about the making your own Windsor chair? I offer a 5 day, one-on-one course in my workshop located in the beautiful Eastern Townships of Quebec. I am a chair maker Instructor listed by Windsor Chair Resources and Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement. The one-on-one course includes all materials, the use of all hand tools required to build a Windsor chair as well as a detailed instruction manual on how to make a Windsor chair. At the end of the week, the aspiring chair maker leaves with their own, hand made chair! I demonstrate the techniques used in every step at the same time, including how to properly keep your tools razor sharp. The course is offered once a month year round on a first come first serve basis. Just let me know your preferred dates and I'll do my best to fit you in.
  4. I was perusing websites for Green Woodworking tonight, and through links and resources I came across this wonderful short film about chair-maker Lawrence Neal. I have been becoming familiar with the woodworker's of the U.K and Europe over the last year or so, through research and contacts and a couple hand tool purchases shipped to me from "over there". The woodworking skill and art in that part of the world is wonderful, the Green Woodworking culture has taken off like a firestorm over there in the last decade among the youth and middle aged, and of course bodgering in the U.K is where it all started. The craft has come back in a big way, and it's really nice to see folks just working the wood, simply, and with just a few tools. Although chair-maker Lawrence Neal has more than just a "few tools, he does have quite the simple shop. So, hope you like this lil film, it's relaxing, and interesting I feel.
  5. John Morris

    Walnut Rocker Seat

    From the album: Walnut Rocking Chair

    Before the finish is applied the chair is sanded to 800 then buffed to 1200 Abralon. The chair is already shining before the first finish goes on.
  6. From the album: Shaker Furniture

    This is the first time I have played with actually photographing my work in a more professional way, with the help of my kids, I think we did pretty good. This chair was another fun build, I just love these chairs.
  7. From the album: Shaker Furniture

    Arm with wedged round tenon.
  8. From the album: Shaker Furniture

    Rear of Shaker chair.
  9. From the album: Shaker Furniture

    If anyone has an critiques regarding the photography of this chair, please share, I want to learn how to photograph work like this. Thanks!
  10. From the album: Shaker Furniture

    The seat is checkerboard weaved, with 5/8" fabric tape available at Shaker Chair Tape WWW.SHAKERWORKSHOPS.COM Copyright © 2019, Shaker Workshops
  11. I have been busy designing and building a side chair to go with our new kitchen table. The plan was to build one prototype out of poplar, and a 2nd chair out of poplar. Both of these chairs will be either painted black or sprayed with black lacquer. Then, the plan is to build four chairs from cherry and maple. The prototype chair was completed this week. The 2nd poplar chair is moving along and the material for the cherry chairs has been purchased, acclimated to my shop environment, cut, jointed, and planned to rough dimensions. The seat blanks for the cherry chairs have a few additional steps complete. My wife wanted (6) new chairs (side chairs) for our kitchen. Designing/making chairs is a challenging task. The design needs to look pleasing to the eye, structural, and functional. There are a few chair “builds” on the internet, but they did not meet my needs. Many of the side chair designs today either have a cushion seat or have Maloof joinery. When a chair has a cushion, the seat does not have a cant, allowing the design/construction to be simplified (eliminates six compound joints). A chair with the Maloof joinery does incorporate a wooden seat, but I did not want to mimic someone else’s design. This chair design will attempt to pull design features from the kitchen cabinets, kitchen table, and from the bar stools. My wife would like the chairs to have a short back (36”), a wooden seat, and have a short seat depth, so that she will be able to sit in it comfortably. The chair construction will utilize mortise & tenon joinery, mortise & loose tenon joinery, and dowel joinery. While searching for information, I found a book written by Jeff Miller, (from Chicago). Jeff is a known chair craftsman/designer/builder. His book gives much insight into the “what, why, and how” different things are done and the jigs he uses for the needed joints. This book is a good read. I also reviewed Mike Dunbar’s (from New Hampshire) work. He is known for his Windsor chair. I did not what to mimic a Windsor chair. I was able to purchase the plan for a dining chair designed by Kevin Rodel. Mr. Rodel’s chair was published in a Fine Woodworking 2007 magazine and has a cushion seat. This plan did give me insight into his chair’s construction. I started the design/prototype build process by making hand sketches on paper, and then latter I made sketches using SketchUp. I determined the chairs overall dimension, including the seat cant, back support cant, and the chair’s line-of-sight. Then I started to sketch the seat blank. There were many sketch iterations using SketchUp. I wanted the seat to completely cover the chair front and side rails and I wanted stretchers between the front and rear legs to help make for a more robust design. This chair seat will not swivel (like the bar stools), so the tilt will have to be built into the structure. The tilt allows for a more comfortable sit. There is a need to have the seat and structure taper from the front to the back to allow the line-of-sight to be pleasing to the eye. Poplar wood was selected for the prototype material. After making detail sketches, I made a parts list and a plan for execution. The plan included a design selection for each joint and documenting what was need for templates and jigs. The side chair design/build utilized more than 16 different “shop made” tools. I can provide more information and pics as time allows. Thank you for looking. Danl
  12. A handmade Windsor chair is the most comfortable wooden dining, kitchen or casual chair there is. At Windsor Heritage, I make both traditional and contemporary Windsor chairs by hand using 18th century tools and craftsmanship. I modify the the dimensions, the style of the turnings and the design to meet the needs of my clients. My Windsor chairs can be found in homes in Canada, the United States and England. I also give chair making classes in my workshop located in Stanbridge East, one of the most beautiful villages in Quebec, Canada.
  13. planned winter projects include building some Adirondack chairs for the back paito. Have the plans and hardware in hand, but no lumber yet. Suggestions on lumber to use?
  14. Dale Felice

    Maple rustic chair 3

    From the album: Construction projects

    Front view.
  15. From the album: John Morris's Hand Tools

    A couple years ago I purchased a full set of Veritas Spoke Shaves and chair scrapers, I have not had a complete chance to use them all, but I just played with this concave shave on my most recent chair, obviously the diameter of the shave does not fit the diameter of the post, as these shaves are kind of sized for Windsors more or less. But working with it the little that I did, it's a beauty. It's a joy to handle, and the adjustment screws are nice to have the twin screws, I can really dial in the shave.
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