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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 XC

I have written previously on the topic of (usually vernacular) furniture that employs largely unfashionable or domestic timbers in its construction. Here again is an example of case furniture – a sophisticated cabinet-on-chest in this instance – anomalously moulded and … Continue reading

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Taxing Times

England invested an inordinate amount of money in building and maintaining a naval fleet to better protect her island shores and foreign interests during the seventeenth- and eighteenth-centuries. Government coffers were kept topped-up with monies raised through all manner of … Continue reading

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Picture This LXXVII

I am seeing forest chairs everywhere and am beginning to wonder if there are any Windsor chairs out there that aren’t painted. The striking lath-back armchair in figure 1 incorporates bold leg turnings (compare with the chairs here and here), … Continue reading

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Picture This LXXII

Following on from Picture This LXXI last month, another brace of low-back Windsors has cropped up; however this pair bears no traces of paint. George III yew and elm low-back Windsor chairs, circa 1780. (Robert Bradley) Made of yew, with … Continue reading

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A Wake

It’s time. I lost Virginia on the 29th of December 2014. I seek neither condolences nor sympathy. I have largely succeeded in keeping my personal life from scrutiny (with the exception of a few furniture/celebration-related occurrences), but today’s post, though … 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 LXII

Bonham’s The Oak Interior sale in Oxford on the 30th of September 2015 includes a variety of late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century oak and other furniture. There are plenty of excellent lots on offer, but I picked out lot 185, a … Continue reading

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