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Project by chobbs66 posted 12-08-2009 08:55 PM 3204 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have another one while I’m at it….

Chippendale Arm Chairs and Side Chairs (two of a set of 8).

The chairs are reproductions of an original armchair built in Chowan County (1760-1790). It can be seen in The Furniture of Coastal North Carolina, by Bivins, figure 5.104. The original is owned by my Dad, Ben Hobbs, and chairs were built through methods, patterns, and instruction by my Dad. In fact, the set of eight chairs include 1 side chair by my brother Matt, 1 arm chair by Dad, and 1 arm and 5 side chairs by yours truly.

Dimensions – Armchair: 37 ½ “H X 29”W (at arms), Side Chair 36 ¾” H x 21”W

I built the two chairs pictured in 2008 to finish the set.

Primary Wood: Mahogany, secondary wood (Slip seat): Poplar or yellow pine

Finish: Aniline dye, shellac, and wax

Thanks, Cal





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Beginningwoodworker

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#1 posted 12-08-2009 09:05 PM

Nice work!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Joe

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#2 posted 12-08-2009 09:08 PM

Very nice Cal. I would love to be able to build a chair. Bravo zulu…..

-- Senior Chief

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#3 posted 12-08-2009 09:27 PM

Beautiful work. Crisp carving and excellent attention to detail. Congratulations.

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#4 posted 12-08-2009 09:36 PM

Those are some great looking chairs. I need to make myself a set also.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 12-08-2009 10:16 PM

That arm chair is beautiful.

-- T. Nelson

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#6 posted 12-08-2009 10:22 PM

Stunning! I envy your talent! – any chance we could get you to blog about these chairs? – I for one would love to see some of your technique and jigs/patterns.
Thanks for posting such a great project.

Schroeder…

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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Hallmark

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#7 posted 12-09-2009 12:09 AM

Beautiful chairs. love the style.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#8 posted 12-09-2009 02:39 AM

Cal,
Those chairs are exquisite in shape and finish. I’m into making Windsor chairs right now after taking classes with Mike Dunbar in New Hampshire, but those chairs of yours are awesome to look at here. I particularly like the arm chair with the carved knuckles. Great work and thanks for posting it. I’ve purchased many books on fancy chairs, but having someone guide in the process is the way to go. It was neat that your Dad passed this talent down to you.

God bless,
Jim

www.chairsbypaulson.com

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#9 posted 12-09-2009 02:45 AM

Wonderful chairs super workmanship there beautiful/
.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#10 posted 12-09-2009 03:10 AM

These are gorgeous chairs!! Great work!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#11 posted 12-09-2009 05:29 AM

Great craftsmanship Cal,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Sweet looking chairs!

I see they are pegged,,,,,,,,,,is all the joinery mortise and tenons? Is the pegging part of the joinery or just for looks? Its been a while since I made a chair with mortise and tenons myself.

Awesome job thanks for posting!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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chobbs66

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#12 posted 12-09-2009 07:37 AM

Thanks all for your comments.

My Dad hold classes each month, the chippendale chairs, including the armchairs are built each year. You can check out his website at hobbsfurniture.com. I am grateful he tried passing down some of what he knows so I can carry on the tradition.

Lee, the joints are truly pegged through the mortise and tenon, but they are mostly for looks, unless the glue fails somewhere down the line. Besides, the originals were pegged, and I like to build them as close as I can to period accuracy.

Thanks again, Cal.

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#13 posted 12-09-2009 04:18 PM

WOW!! Beautiful. Thanks for posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 12-09-2009 05:04 PM

Cal,

Thanks for the information on your Dad’s classes. That would be a pretty cool opportunity and I’ll keep it mind for the future. For now I have to wait till the dust settles LOL.

Jim

-- www.chairsbypaulson.com

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#15 posted 12-12-2010 04:38 PM

I love the finishing on the captain’s chair.

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