I keep showing up on the second-hand market! I started making furniture between 1978-80. That’s closing in on 40 years…which is a lot of furniture. During the past few years, I have heard of/seen a number of chairs I made showing up in antique/collectibles shops, auctions, and even one at…well, you’ll see. Here’s a couple examples –
This continuous arm settee I made back in 1992. A friend bought it not too many years ago, along with a windsor rocking chair, in a house-moving/divorce sale (I think). I wish I had known, I’d love to have this settee – I doubt I could make it again…but I know it’s appreciated where it now resides.
This next one I did buy, and sold again. I had it in my shop for years, a fellow called me up one day asking if he could buy it & he did. Then a couple years later, another friend called me to say one of my carved chairs was in an auction in Maine. I eventually got it through the auction, and called a couple who has collected several of my carved pieces. I offered them this chair at a reduced price, and they said they’d love to, but were out of room. An hour later, they called back & said they made space.
Another wainscot had a slightly sad story to it. I made it at the museum as an award (I was the awards department for quite a while) – for our former co-worker Karin Goldstein. Sadly, Karin died quite young, from cancer. Just shy of 50 maybe. When she died, she had no local family, and some of her stuff ended up in a local shop. Another friend saw this, called to confirm it was my work, and ended up buying it for his wife, a good friend of ours, and of Karin’s. So a semi-happy ending.
This week I got a note from another friend who found a chair “made by the guy at Plimoth Plantation” – well, sort of. I was there for 20 years, but I made this chair well before that – I’d say late 1980s, maybe into 1990/91. She got it for $45. Even I could afford that!
The last one in this batch has the best story. Found at the swap shop in the Hingham, Massachusetts town dump! $5.00. A friend got it after some tussling with other dump-shoppers, and gave it to us.
I made a lot of chairs, but way more carved boxes – where are my carved boxes? Maybe they’ll be out on the 2nd-hand market in a few more years…
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Those are great stories. >
Just wait until some dealer tris to sell you one of your chairs back as an 16th century antique (In truly excellent condition)
It was so much fun finding this and being able to know the history of it. I now have a spoon and a chair. Live the setee.
It’s Good Detective Work & Kool Story ! Keep Up The Good Work & May The Grain
Be With You !
Nice story about the chair for Karin Goldstein. I worked, rather, volunteered with her at both Plimoth Plantation and Pilgrim Hall, doing curatorial work and displays. Quite a shock when Doug Ozelius and Mike LePage told she had died. As you say way too young. Thanks for sharing.
A set of stories as entertaining as seeing Lie Nielsen planes listed as “mint, vintage” on Ebay. May your vintage go on improving, Peter.
You’ve made lots of chairs, chest and boxes. Do you remember each one or do they all just become a bit of a blur?
Brad van Luyt.
Once I see them I remember. Many even before that…
Great stories! (Also, silly sellers.)
Do you have any pics of your carved boxes?
Yes, Lester – a gazillion. Here’s a post from back in May https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/finished-an-oak-pine-carved-box/
I love your work. You got me into spoon carving. From a professional perspective, do you ever get discouraged by finding your work at these auctions/events/2nd hand market?