Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Three Chair Makers Walk into a Bar

Ok, sounds like the beginning of a joke but it kinda happened. I had a visit from two incredible chair makers last week. Glen Rundell (far right). He builds and teaches windsors in Australia .He was here in the states visiting old friends and other chair makers. Jeff Lefkowitz (center) builds and teaches Brian Boggs classes on ladder back chairs. Glen took a class on ladder backs with Jeff the week before and they both drove here to hang out until Glen flew back home from Nashville the next afternoon. It was great to finally meet Glen and Jeff who previously I had only corresponded with by email. I guess this is sort of a rare picture. Very cool to have one of the best ladder back chair makers in the U.S. and one of the best windsor chair makers in Australia right here in my shop. 
  This is my student David who was also here last week. He was here to make a comb back chair but since it was just him I talked him into making a rocker. He did fantastic!
 Carving the shield seat.
 Carving knuckles
 Friday afternoon day 5 assembly.
 Saturday morning and all complete. Always a comfortable and nice looking chair. Great job David!
 Here is my latest venture, a 1951 Ford 8N tractor to restore. I bought this from Bill Nelson who just sold his farm up in Indiana. We have pulled a few logs from the woods with this old tractor.
 He had the original front rims with the original tires from 1951.
The tractor is in great shape and purrs like a kitten. For those that don't know before I made  chairs I was a diesel mechanic for 17 years so maybe this is my way to use those skills to completely restore this classic. (Hey Jameel I finally got some old American iron)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Living Large

I have been out of the shop lately on vacation. Nice to get out and see the world on occasion. On our trip through Charleston we had to stop and visit the majestic Angel Oak on John's Island. There is nothing like standing next to the largest living thing on the east coast. This oak is more than 1500 years old and has branches that touch and grow under ground. If you are ever in the area you must visit this tree.

 We mellowed out on Surfside Beach in South Carolina. I think I woke up everyday at 5:30 to shoot sunrise photos over the ocean. I'm sure my Face Book friends are tired of them. It was nice to do nothing for a week but I am glad to get back to what I love.
 Later this week Charles Brock is coming by the shop to film an episode of the Highland Woodworker. I also have a class to teach the following week then back to chair making.