Blackler Hall Seat

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Project by twigdust posted 05-30-2007 11:23 AM 1920 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I shifted to my new house here in Christchurch, New Zealand I needed a hall seat for the entrance area.

I selected some Westland Red Beech (Nothofagus fusca) and followed as best I could the plans and instructions in a book I had on Arts and Crafts furniture.

I am happy with the result, but of course, I am aware that one can always do better !

-- twigdust, New Zealand

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#1 posted 05-30-2007 11:46 AM

Thanks for posting this project, it is looking really good, you should be proud of yourself.

The coulour of the beech is so rich and thanks for including the species information this is always useful and informative.

I look forward to seeing the next project.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#2 posted 05-30-2007 01:10 PM

A beautiful piece, classic design and craftsmanship! – well done.

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#3 posted 05-30-2007 02:37 PM

What a wonderful bench. I love the wood.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 05-30-2007 03:55 PM

I have that book and I love the piece! You did a great job on it! I want to build it but don’t have a place for it.

thanks for sharing

-- Paul, Texas

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Mark A. DeCou

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#5 posted 05-30-2007 04:45 PM

I really like this piece, the back slats are very interesting. A woodworker can hardly go wrong by following Arts and Crafts for ideas.

Glad you are joining us from way down there. I would love to come to New Zealand some day, the movies show a beautiful island.

Good work,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#6 posted 05-30-2007 04:59 PM

Nice design with the back slats and the wood color is very nice. Good job all around. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 05-30-2007 05:54 PM

Nice! I’ve never worked with beech. That’s a beautiful piece!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 05-30-2007 06:31 PM

I love those slats, and the color of the bench. Very nice job.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#9 posted 05-30-2007 07:55 PM

Great job. I like the peg detail.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#10 posted 05-30-2007 08:30 PM


-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#11 posted 05-30-2007 11:34 PM

nice!i like it a lot

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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#12 posted 05-31-2007 12:19 AM

Twigdust, this is a very nice bench. I’m partial to Arts & Crafts inspired pieces, as are many member in this site.

I note that this is your first project, indeed your first posting since you joined almost a year ago. You must be one of those typical soft-spoken Kiwi’s. LOL, or have you been quietly working away on this great project since first joining?

Great job, Mate!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#13 posted 05-31-2007 06:48 PM

Really nice…beautiful wood.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 05-31-2007 09:09 PM

Excellent work. Great wood and finish. Thanks for posting.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#15 posted 06-01-2007 03:54 PM

beautiful and the back is wonderful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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