Monthly Archives: December 2015

A William III Ash Chest-on-Stand – Part Six

The joinery for these flat, shaped stretchers commonly comprises simple lap, or halved joints, however, one also encounters bridle joints (fig. 1). Fig. 1. The pine stretcher components. After putting the stretcher together, it was veneered on top, inside and … Continue reading

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I mentioned Irish turf buckets in Buckets begorrah! and how genuine examples regularly attain astronomical prices. It seems those with less than hermetic provenance can have colossal asking prices too. Reproduction turf buckets. (Jonathan Sainsbury) Jonathan Sainsbury advertised a pair … Continue reading

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Berry Christmas

… we still dreſs up both our churches and houses, on Christmas and other festival days, with this cheerful green, and its rutilant berries. [i] Common Holly (Ilex aquifolium). Season’s greetings to one and all! Jack Plane [i] John Evelyn, … Continue reading

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I mentioned how the Georgians relished their lavatorial humour in At your Convenience. Below is a post about the early eighteenth-century London Farting Club. The risk is entirely yours. Georgians had numerous clubs. One of the more ridiculous clubs was … Continue reading

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A William III Ash Chest-on-Stand – Part Five

The legs have turned up… quite well. I am not an avid turner, but turning ash, does at least provide some visually spectacular results. Striking grain and mighty whorls. Turning the onions and balusters was plain sailing, but when doing … Continue reading

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We are all fond of a bit of testudinal painting around here, so I thought I’d illustrate a faux tortoiseshell longcase clock that’s coming up for auction tomorrow (16th of December, 2015) at Bonham’s Fine Clocks sale in New Bond … Continue reading

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Regular commenter on this blog, Burbidge, alerted me to a unique elm and fruitwood side chair at the Victoria & Albert Museum which incorporates several elements normally found in Windsor chairs (fig. 1). Fig. 1. Chunky chinoiserie elm and fruitwood … Continue reading

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A William III Ash Chest-on-Stand – Part Four

The stand’s carcase is now finished – but for the front-to-back oriented top boards which will be nailed into the provided rebate (arrowed, fig. 1) once the drawer is completed and the drawer stops have been rubbed in place. Fig. … Continue reading

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