Windsor chair made in Elia Bizzarri's class - homemade milk paint

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Project by Scott posted 10-31-2015 07:18 PM 1189 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took a 6 day class with Elia Bizzarri in Hillsborough NC, and the result is a continuous arm Windsor chair. It was an outstanding class and I highly recommend it. Elia is an excellent instructor and he has a beautiful shop. For more information:

It is a hand tool class so you get lots of time with shaving horses, drawknives and spokeshaves. After six days you have an unfinished chair. For finishing, I applied some pecan stain, followed by three coats of homemade milk paint, then some thinned shellac to finish it. I made the paint by curdling skim milk with lemon, separating out the curds from the whey, and mixing in some artists acrylic paint to get the color (black plus burnt umber).

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#1 posted 10-31-2015 07:24 PM

A chair to be proud of and will become a family heirloom too!

Way past my patience levels!

AND Very very far above my skills too!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#2 posted 10-31-2015 08:58 PM

Money well spent. Six days seems to be a very good time. Thinning the front edge of the seat makes it flow like hot chocolate. Very well done!

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#3 posted 10-31-2015 10:06 PM

Very nice! The continuous arm chair is my favourite. So elegant and comfortable. Great job!

-- DJG

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#4 posted 10-31-2015 11:43 PM

Very nice job. the milk paint finish over the stain looks great too.

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#5 posted 11-01-2015 12:25 AM


-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 11-01-2015 02:17 AM

That is one beautiful chair.

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#7 posted 11-01-2015 04:10 AM

Wow. That is really nice! An heirloom to be proud of for sure.

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#8 posted 11-01-2015 02:55 PM

beautiful chair. I’m watching Elia’s windsor rocker video now. Hopefully one day I will try to build one.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 11-01-2015 03:20 PM

Outstanding build.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 11-01-2015 10:41 PM

That is some classy work there Scott, a really beautiful piece :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 11-02-2015 11:10 AM

an absolute the finish..grand job!

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