I took a break from writing this blog. Things have been so quiet this summer I assumed everyone had gone fishing. They didn’t seem to be thinking about chairmaking. I enjoyed the break. I did not waste my time off. I am now about ¾ of the way through a sequel to the
Times are so tough; so I thought you could all use a quick pick-me-up. (I’m trying to be clever, so work with me.) I recently received this email from His Grace Ralph Quick, Duke of Windsor. In it, His Grace recounts some very upbeat events that have occurred recently in his life. They should give
The June 23 c-arm class is in session this week. I have written before about making my favorite chair. I recommend those posts to anyone who wants to know more about the C-arm, the most refined and complex of all Windsor chairs. The class is noticeablely different from other C-arms. Out of 19 people
Anyone who has taken sack back with us is aware of our imaginary rivalry with Shaker chairmakers. Those of you wishing to become Windsor chairmakers attend your school The Windsor Institute. Those wishing to become Shaker chairmakers attend our rival school, Shakermaker U. We refer to them as the “vile and treacherous Shaker Chairmakers
This the fourth part of a very long explanation and description of steam bending. I cannot run the whole part at once, and too much goes on around here to run it over consecutive weeks. Therefore, I am posting it as I can. If you are only starting to read my blog, you may want
I have been busy this week writing another article for Popular Woodworking. You’ll read it in the November issue. I have finished the project and emailed the text to the editor. That job combined with Memorial Day, has left me behind schedule this week. I have decided to take advantage of the little time left
Part II This posting is the second half of a topic I began last week. If you did not read that first posting, you may want to scroll down and start there. M.D. In the last posting I explained why Windsor chairs were revolutionary when they were first introduced. This week, I will explain why
Next Monday I start teaching another sack back class. Once the students have settled in, get a cup of coffee, and are seated on their stools, I will begin with a 20 minute introduction to Windsor chairs as a revolutionary piece of furniture. If you have taken sack back, this posting will be very familiar.
This week Fred, Don, and I are teaching the rocking chair class. While showing the class the complexities of legging up a rocker, I reminded them of a common question we get from sack back students when we take the class on a tour of the showroom. “So, this class is just a sack back
People who have never studied Windsor chairmaking at The Institute wonder what it is like here. I have tried to answer those questions in previous postings, and they can be found in the archives. However, I also receive lots of questions about The Institute’s location. Today, I am going to answer those. Where is Hampton?