Barley Twist Chairs

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Project by bearkatwood posted 10-22-2015 02:14 AM 906 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A client in San Francisco wanted a replica of a set of barley twist chairs built. This order called for two side chairs and one wing back. I built the frames from walnut and poplar where upholstered. They were built with mortise and tenon joinery and received distressing which was weird for me as I don’t usually beat my work up after building it. They took about 3 weeks to complete. They were upholstered by Rose City upholstery in Portland Oregon. I used a legacy mill with magnate bits to create the barley twists and a series of router jigs for the joinery. My favorite part for the build was walking around the shop to find implements of destruction to use in the distressing process after they were completed.

-- Brian Noel

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#1 posted 10-22-2015 02:48 AM

While I don’t necessarily like the style, I definitely appreciate the craftsmanship.

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon

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#2 posted 10-22-2015 05:54 AM

Ditto, great craftsmanship

-- Dreaming patterns

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#3 posted 10-22-2015 06:40 AM

Me three, Brian. Beautiful carving. Would love to see a Legacy Mill at work in person. Distressing wood can be fun! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 10-23-2015 07:57 AM

Incredible pieces! Those chairs (leags especialy) are realy pice of art.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 10-23-2015 12:26 PM

These are very nice. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 01-17-2016 07:00 PM

Brian nice chairs .Picked up a legacy this past summer just starting to play with it

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