|Project by Wayne Precht||posted 10-04-2007 09:20 PM||3921 views||7 times favorited||10 comments|
I decided to build a pair of reproduction “Glastonbury” Chairs. The original (now lost) was made in the 15th Century for the Bishop of Glastonbury. Made mostly of straight pieces of timber, it can be disassembled to move the chair or to pack it up. My work was loosely based on measured drawings made by Daniel Diehl in his Constructing Medieval Furniture: Plans and Instructions With Historical Notes (1997). The text makes some omissions and a little creativity is necessary to make the deceptively complex chair go together as it was intended.
The pictures I have included here are two if the chairs “in progress”. All of the major construction is complete and some initial finish has been applied. All the is missing is about a million hours of carving (since started). I have also included an early 19th century engraving of the chair since I don’t have a photo of the original reproduction used by Mr. Diehl handy. But it will serve to give you an idea of how it will look when the carving is complete.
The chair is entirely constructed of red oak 4/4 and 6/4 stock with the exception of the pins which are teak (because I had to commission them from a friend with a lathe and that’s almost all he uses).
-- --- Wayne.