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Project by Woodbridge posted 1039 days ago 1378 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chair is based on an antique chair in my mother’s hallway that I have always liked. Does anyone know what type or style of chair this is? It was the first chair that I made. I’m not yet confortable with turning so the legs are straight. I have made 6 of these chairs. The first out of mahogany. I made four others that I gave away as christmas presents to family using up wood I had hanging around for years. The other chairs were made of cherry, pine, poplar, and a maple headboard and footboard from an old bed. I even made one from an old piece of 4”x12”x24”paralam beam that I had in my shop for over 20 years. It has a raised panel back. The carvings were purchased.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario





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Dusty56

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#1 posted 1039 days ago

Nice to look at , have to wonder about comfort though : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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B13

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#2 posted 1039 days ago

Off to a good start with the retirement chairs look good not shure of the style.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 1039 days ago

Wow. those are great looking chairs. What great gifts, too…............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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SPHinTampa

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#4 posted 1039 days ago

Nice work. According to an older book that I have – Encyclopaedia of Furniture – this is referred to as the Sgabelle type. “This is a chair form that grew out of the addition of a back to a stool and persisted in rustic work”

There are examples in the book from Italy, Switzerland, Germany and the UK in the book (16-18th century). I assume someone more knowledgeable in carving styles could identify the location from the design.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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Woodbridge

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#5 posted 1039 days ago

Shawn, thanks for the reference to the Encyclodperida of Furniture and the Sgabelle type. I will defintietly do some searching on the internet etc to find our more about it. There are no marking on the chair so I have always wondered what type of chair it is and where came from.

Dusty56 – you are right about the comfort. What I did find out genrically about hallway chairs is that they were used in the waiting area of a home for people (workers, messngers, etc.) who needed to see the master of house, but would not be invited into the main parlor or sitting area. They had to provide some seating for these people to wait, but comfort (I think) was intentionally not included in the design.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Mark A. DeCou

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#6 posted 1039 days ago

another great example of your prowess in wood.
well done.
m

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Dusty56

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#7 posted 1039 days ago

Thanks : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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