|Project by millforge||posted 01-07-2012 07:49 AM||887 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
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.