Category Archives: Seating

A Pair of Forest Chairs – Part Four

I mixed some thin paint in, what was a popular mid-Georgian shade of green and gave both chairs a couple of coats. Each coat of paint was rubbed back and then a brown-ish glaze was applied to the chairs to … Continue reading

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A Pair of Forest Chairs – Part Three

I bent the two arms from lengths of ash that were sawn from the straightest-grained board I could find. The back- and arm sticks were shaved from ash – as are the arm blades. The splats are of cherry and … Continue reading

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A Pair of Forest Chairs – Part Two

I glued and wedged the ash legs into the elm seat boards and when dry, began the saddling process. My arms could be best described these days as ‘frangible’, so I used a series of carving discs mounted on an … Continue reading

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A Pair of Forest Chairs – Part One

I want four or five Windsor chairs that can remain permanently outdoors on the front veranda of the new house. As I have blathered on about forest chairs on numerous occasions, I thought I would make a pair of them … Continue reading

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Picture This LXVII

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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Picture This XXXVIII

In A Double Bow Windsor Chair – Part Eight, I mentioned some of the shades and hues of green that were used to paint Windsor chairs. When restoring old Windsors, it’s apparent that some paints were better formulated than others – … Continue reading

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George II Walnut Ladderback Chair – Part Five

Having read the last post in this series, a reader kindly emailed me this image of a pair of Grendey chairs with (presumably, later) stuff over seats. Fig. 1. Pair of Grendey ladderbacks. (Nick Brock Antiques) When freshly rushed, the … Continue reading

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George II Walnut Ladderback Chair – Part Four

The use of spirit and oil varnishes is documented well before the second quarter of the eighteenth-century whence this chair hails from. However, despite the protection and gloss that varnish affords furniture, chairs of this period often received nothing more … Continue reading

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George II Walnut Ladderback Chair – Part Two

The chair saw a flurry of activity in the days following its inception – before my efforts were diverted to the more urgent task of erecting an extensive new chicken run and coop. Needless to say; the fowl accommodation was … Continue reading

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George II Walnut Ladderback Chair – Part One

Ladderback chairs (so called because of their horizontal back splats’ obvious resemblance to the rungs of a ladder) are a vernacular form of chair made by local craftsmen from green, coppiced wood such as ash and beech (fig. 1). Fig. … Continue reading

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