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  1. From the album: John Morris's Hand Tools

    I am tooling up for Windsor chairs and this craft requires a few tools I don't have. In the image are three tenon cutters, or for you UK folks "rounding planes". These tools came as a set, a leg tenon cutter, an arm-stump tenon cutter, and a 1/2″ spindle tenon cutter, plus one six-degree reamer and one 5/16″ dowel plate. These tools are specific to the Windsor tradition but of course can be used for a wide variety of work, I am beyond ecstatic to have these on my work bench, they feel great, works of art within themselves. They'll be a pleasure to use. Thank you Elia for making these wonderful tools available to us, can't wait to use them!
  2. Just read a wonderful short story by Windsor chairmaker Elia Bizzarri, it's a short read, and a cute punchline ending. "Last week my sweetheart Morgan delivered the last four loop backs in a set of six loop backs and two sack backs. Who knew four chairs would fit in a Prius! Here’s the story I wrote about the chairs:" Read more...
  3. I have posted a couple videos from this craftsman in the past, Curtis Buchanan is a chair maker, his specialty is the Windsor in all shapes and forms, he creates his chairs starting from the purchase of his logs, and he'll fell his own from time to time as well. And he's just a neat soul as well. This video is long (20 minutes), I wouldn't expect anyone really to sit through a video this long, because these videos are like sharing music with others, they are personal, we all relate to music in our own way and the reaction you may expect from others regarding your musical tastes can be either disappointing or the music you shared may bring you together. But I feel there is something in this video for everyone. I like this video because he touches on something, most of us woodworkers have either dealt with already in trying to start up a business, or you may be currently pursuing a livelihood in the craft. Either way, I think many of you will be able to relate to Curtis' challenges and success's in starting his own woodworking business in his own shop, in his own backyard. This video is not so much about the chairs he makes, but the process he went through to become a successful and well respected artisan in his craft. He started with nothing, and he built it up to a livelihood. Segment from the 2012 series Soul's Journey: Inside The Creative Process featuring 22 artists and craftspeople in the South.
  4. Greg Pennington builds beautiful Windsors and conducts classes as well.
  5. One of my favorite websites is http://www.windsorchairresources.com/ And on the home page is a list of makers, and one of the makers is Luke Barnett. I was perusing Mr. Barnett's pages and found this Windsor he created, all his chairs are drop dead gorgeous, but this one made my heart skip a beat. Literally, I was surfing and flicking through the pages, and I saw the color, the seat, the photography, just all around waaaay neat, and my heart skipped. Just thought I'd share a little of Luke's work. A Windsor rocker an chair is definitely on my 2018 list of things to do.
  6. For me, making a Windsor chair is part of an historical journey. My ancestors emigrated from Europe to Philadelphia in 1754. Interestingly the founding and growth of our nation and the development of the American Windsor chair encompass the same century, spanning the period from 1750 to 1850. Philadelphia was the center of the Windsor universe just as it was the center of the American experiment in Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Read more...
  7. Welcome to the Chairmaker and Friends. Experience the warmth and charm of our handmade reproduction furniture, quality antiques and some of this country’s best artisan-made wares. Read more ...
  8. A wonderful website with notable chair makers and the resources they put together for folks interested in Windsor Chairs and the making.
  9. Curtis is a traditional chair maker as they were made 200 years ago. From the log to finish.
  10. One of my favorite chair makers Curtis Buchanan shows us how to turn a bead with a skew chisel. Nice video.
  11. One of my favorite woodworkers and TV personalities and comedian is Nick Offerman (photo at left). I became aware of him when my oldest kids got me hooked on Parks and Recreation, a sitcom and political satire series that had me rolling and laughing every time I watched it. I wish they did not end that show, but as with most great comedies and tasteful shows on television, the show did end. I receive the Nick Offerman newsletter and enjoy reading it and seeing what Nick is up to in his own woodshop. And he recently traveled to Boston to visit and take a few classes at the North Bennett Street School (another one of my favorite places to visit in cyberspace) and he sat down and started to learn the process of chair making, from log to finish. It's a great read in Nick's own words, he's a plain spoken guy and very straightforward so don't look for any flowery phrases or emotional writings from Nick Offerman, he's not that kind of guy, it's funny, he played the part in the sitcom mentioned above, and he is that way in real life. So I am sharing his blog (Taking a Seat in Boston) on North Bennett Street School and a few other interesting links as well. Have fun! LINKS Taking a Seat in Boston by Nick Offerman Offerman Woodshop Nick Offerman Facebook Page Parks and Recreation TV Show North Bennett Street School North Bennet Street School Woodworking Eduction Nick Offerman Photo Montage Offerman Newsletter (February) Peter Galbert below demonstrating for Nick Offerman at North Bennett Street School
  12. Does anyone have a great source for Windsor chair plans? I have been looking high and low. I can find by the dozen, plans such as schematics and layouts and full size drawings, but what I am after is a set of plans that comes with comprehensive instructions, perhaps a video, and templates with jig patterns, in other words a complete resource in one purchase to build a Windsor chair. It can be any time of Windsor, continuous arm, spindle, don't matter. Thanks for any help.
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