NYC Bowback Windsor Chair

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Project by F Dudak posted 04-30-2010 06:33 PM 1818 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All,

Spent the week with a fellow Lumberjock, Mark Hudon, and some previous fellow classmates at the Windsor Institute in NH. The class was comprised of several students returning for their second class so they were stepping out from their apprenticeship role and being raised to Master Chair Makers. Myself and two other classmates had fulfilled the requirements enabling us to ENJOY the INDIGNITIES of being Knighted. It was great to see the guys again and hang out with the WI staff. A great time had by all.

An unfortunate event happened for one of our instructors recently and he took the time to explain his misfortune to the class. He had been working with a chipper that he has had for 14 years and had an accident losing part of his pointer and middle finger. He explained that two of the factors were present that usually take advantage of us in these situations. He had been working all day so he was tired and he was in a hurry to get the job completed. The reason I am mentioning this is there is never enough safety precautions we can take when working with power tools. Just one more cut when we are exhausted can lead to a lifetime of regrets. So please be safe!

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#1 posted 04-30-2010 09:29 PM

nicely done seat & turnings

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#2 posted 04-30-2010 10:39 PM

Beautiful chair, great message about safety from a person who had a recent accident. It can happen to anyone.

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

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#3 posted 05-01-2010 03:13 AM

Beautiful, classic chair. I like the tailpiece. The shield seat looks nicely proportioned with a perfect pommel.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#4 posted 05-01-2010 03:58 AM

Hey that chair looks familiar!! It really was a fun class, with a great group.

-- Mark,

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#5 posted 05-01-2010 12:03 PM

Estupenda silla,me gusta mucho ese color que has utilizado,un buen trabajo,siento lo de tu amigo.Un saludo.

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F Dudak

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#6 posted 05-01-2010 07:11 PM


Thanks but I can only take credit for the seat. All of the classes at the Windsor Institute have the turnings supplied. I believe the philosophy is that it makes the class much more managable to teach with the idea that you are learning the methods of building a chair. The class is stressful enough for first time chairmakers who are trying to achieve the perfect chair on their first build. Adding a turning session for first time turners would most certainly take away from the chair building experience and add to the stress of attaining the perfect chair. I brought a set of legs home with me to make a template and do my own turnings for the rest of the chairs.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#7 posted 05-02-2010 06:05 AM

The other reason is that in the “old days” turners were a seperate trade. It is not historically incorrect to have somebody else do the turnings, although many chairmakers have easily identifiable turnings.

Congrats on becoming a Knight, Sir Fred. Great chair. I’ve been working on breaking down a log and have bent 8 of these bows. Take care.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#8 posted 05-02-2010 06:09 AM

Nice Chair
Mike knows chairs

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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F Dudak

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#9 posted 05-02-2010 06:14 AM

Thanks Sir Ken,

Sounds like you will have been busy! Enjoy making those chairs and be sure to post them.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#10 posted 05-21-2010 11:17 PM

hey fred the cahir looks great. I was in the class with you me and my father made our chair together, then i made one for myself when i got home. I’ll post pics soon. congrtats on your knight hood, what a riot.

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#11 posted 05-22-2010 06:26 AM

I am bringing my son back in July with me to make a Sackback. I can’t wait to share the experience with him as he is only 11. My Dad is going to attend as well. They will build the chair together and I will help them when they need it. Thanks for the kind words about the chair.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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