One of the more peculiar things about some chairs by Chester Cornett is the cursive letter carving that he sometimes decorated his works with. The big rocking chair he made for president Nixon in 1973 has every back slat covered in cursive writing (Chester’s handwriting - but then carved). Rocking chair Chester Cornett gave to… Continue reading Chester Cornett: Retracing the methods of his cursive letter carving
There has been much talk about furniture “outliving the maker”. And that chairs currently made could still being around in several hundreds years. A romantic view that has a nice soothing feeling for the egos of the makers currently alive. After all, what is better than feeling that your life was not in vain, your… Continue reading This will outlive me
I bought an antique German ‘Brettstuhl’ from 1832. It is in great condition and only cost me 39,30€ shipped (I guess not a lot of people want to buy these?) Though the traditional Brettstuhl style doesn’t speak to me as much as Welsh armchairs, I am still fascinated by this one. What I particularly like… Continue reading A German ‘Brettstuhl’
Part Two Please click here for part one of my Welsh Stick Chair build Let's make some sticks With the undercarriage done, I moved to the second level of the chair - the sticks and armbow/comb. Shaping the sticks took a lot of time. I don't have a straight tenon cutter so everything had to… Continue reading Welsh Stick Chair – Part Two
The inspiration for a Stick Chair When visiting San Diego last January, there was a chair that spoke to me in a special way. The back legs were splayed outward in a particular, almost determined way, as if the chair wanted to go somewhere. I wanted to take the measurements of it to replicate this… Continue reading Welsh Stick Chair – Part One
I made my first chair a couple of months ago. It was a three-legged chair to go with our Fender Rhodes electric piano. Reflecting back, I think of all the happy hours spent sourcing my materials and getting all the necessary tools together. The actual act of finishing a chair was a special moment. And… Continue reading Chairs: Is Design The Enemy Of Comfort?
I have been thinking about a chair design that has been floating through my head and decided it would be a good idea to make a model before building the actual chair. I want to make a chair that has four legs but the two back legs splay towards each other to a point, making… Continue reading Chair Models