Well, ever since I started woodworking I have had the desire to make chairs. I never have tried it though as I have been honing my skills for other type of joinery and woodworking. A few years ago, the bug really hit me and I came really close to taking a Windsor chair class with Mike Dunbar. That is still on my to do list, and hopefully it will not be too long in fulfillment. My wife loves Windsor chairs and would love to have the dining room outfitted with them surrounding a farm-house style table. Enough rambling.
Last year I was given a Shopsmith which helped me complete the acquisition of a couple of tools that were going to be absolutely necessary for chair building, a lathe and a bandsaw. Then the fever really started to kick in, but as many of you know, I was buried neck deep in a bookshelf project last year. After the bookshelf project, was the boys’ bunk beds. After that came a long rest from burnout.
Now I am getting started again and even though I have two other projects going (a rocking horse and an entertainment center) I am going to sneak in some chair making time in there somewhere. I picked up the book “Chairmaking Simplified” by Kerry Pierce a couple of weeks ago, and I have already absorbed all but the last couple of chapters of that book. I am ready to go.
In order to keep it simple and not start off too complicated, I will start with some stools and other small seating. I will then progress on to bigger and better projects. The culmination will either be the Mike Dunbar class, or making a Shaker Rocker. We can decide when we get there.
So, sit back and enjoy the ride. I will update this blog as I make progress on this project of mine. I am really excited about sharing with you all the journey.
-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA