Monthly Archives: October 2012

A Martin Brothers Hallowe’en?

I just came across this image of a nicely carved Hallowe’en pumpkin… The pumpkin immediately reminded me of the earthenware face jugs produced by the Martin Brothers at their London pottery between 1873 and 1923… Jack Plane Advertisements

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An Impostor in our Midst! – Part Two

I mixed up a pot of Viscount Howe brown stain and brushed the chair all over with it… twice, for good measure. When dry, I gave the chair a good polishing and then waxed it. Fig. 1. Arm post, arm … Continue reading

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An Impostor in Our Midst! – Part One

My good friend Glen Rundell, maker of North American style Windsor chairs (I’m working on that), hosted a couple of Windsor chair making courses in late 2011 in conjunction with visiting North American chairmaker, Peter Galbert. Glen himself trained in … Continue reading

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A Double Bow Windsor Chair – Part Eight

Fig. 1. The colour of envy. A great number of eighteenth-century Windsor chairs were painted green; known as ‘forest’ chairs. The hues of green these chairs were painted varied from marine grey-greens through leafy yellow-greens to bottle greens though due … Continue reading

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Death of King George II

King George II died on the 25th of October 1760. Born in Hanover in Germany, George was the last foreign-born British monarch. George succeeded his father, George I to the throne in 1727. On the morning of 25th October 1760, … Continue reading

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A Double Bow Windsor Chair – Part Seven

The ash arm- and back spindles were tapered and individually fitted to the seat and arm bow. Fig. 1. Shaved and scraped arm spindles. With the arm spindles inserted into the seat and arm bow, I was able to take … Continue reading

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A Curious Irish Card Table

Amidst the 437 lots at de Veres Interiors Auction in The Pavilion at Leopardstown Racecourse, Foxrock, Dublin on October the 21st is lot 44; an Irish mahogany card table. The table is quintessentially Irish with its boldly shaped frieze, central shell … Continue reading

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The world is like a grand staircase…

Samuel Johnson said “The world is like a grand staircase, some are going up and some are going down.” I swiped this mesmerising image of the magnificent flying staircase at the Queen’s House in Greenwich from Visiting Houses & Gardens. … Continue reading

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A Double Bow Windsor Chair – Part Six

Note to self: The next time you want to bend a 1-1/4″ x 1-1/8″ (32mm x 28mm) section arm bow, have patience and wait until you can lay your hands on some freshly felled stock. I came frustratingly close to … Continue reading

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A Double Bow Windsor Chair – Part Five

All has not been running smoothly in the Lemon Studio of late. I recently reported on the making and fitting of the crinoline stretcher, the bending of which didn’t cost me a second thought. However, this past week I have … Continue reading

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