Chair for grand daughter #1

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Project by millforge posted 956 days ago 711 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this chair and several others in 1999 and had them on hand in hopes that grandchildren would come along to use them. Grandaughter #1 arrived in 2007, and this chair was decorated for her for Christmas that year. It was there when she learned to walk, and has been part of her life ever since. The pattern is taken from a high chair that I own from the 1830, with legs modelled roughly after some good child’s chairs I have encountered in my study of chairs in Ontario. The woods are basswood and elm, as were most Windsor chairs in Ontario prior to the factory system. The turning blanks are split form sections of red elm logs to eliminate any possibility of grain runout.

-- Art Shaw, woodworker, thinker, tool collector & tinkerer.

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#1 posted 956 days ago

Adorable granddaughter and super chairs.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 956 days ago

Very wonderful chairs, and great planning ahead. I am still in catch up mode and just finished my 3rd
rocking chair for great grandkids, ages 4,5 and 6. 2 girls and one boy. They have informed me that they
make great rocket ships, racecars, and tanks, ain’t imagination wonderful.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 954 days ago

that’s a beautiful rocker. do you steam bend?

-- "by all means read what the experts say. Just don't let it get in the way of your woodworking" ;John Brown

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#4 posted 954 days ago

daydrik; Thank you.
Yes, all the parts of the back are steamed and bent.


-- Art Shaw, woodworker, thinker, tool collector & tinkerer.

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