I spent a lot of time wtih Brendan Gaffney while I was at Lost Art Press last week, and chairs were our main subject. He’s gone bananas over Alexander’s (& Chester’s) chairs. https://www.instagram.com/burnheartmade/
Earlier I posted a bit about a visit I made with Brendan to see a few of Chester Cornett’s chairs at the Kentucky Folk Art Center in Morehead KY. He gave me a copy of an exhibition catalog produced there called “Chester Cornett: Beyond the Narrow Sky.” I see now it’s available online so for those of you who can tolerate reading stuff on-screen here’s the link:
After the carved box class at Lost Art Press, I came home & finished up a couple of boxes, then launched into preparation for the JA ladderback chair class starting tomorrow with Plymouth CRAFT. I’m looking forward to shaving up some nice fresh red oak, should be fun. Smelly, but fun.
While on the subject of JA’s chairs, after all these years I’ve been published in Taunton’s Fine Woodworking magazine. https://www.finewoodworking.com/
Issue #277, Oct 2019 features an article I worked on about making a rectangular stool with a hickory bark seat. The focus is on the wet/dry joint so critical to this construction. It was Taunton Press that first published JA’s book back in 1978 that led to me being a woodworker in the first place. I’ve worked with FWW a few times, appearing at some of their events and it’s a thrill to now be presented in their magazine. Thanks to all on staff there that made it happen. It was an extra surprise to get a nice book review for Joiner’s Work from them as well, in the same issue. Thanks, Barry.
If you need the book after reading the review, it’s here: https://lostartpress.com/products/joiners-work
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I’ve just finished reading your book, Joiner’s Work. Now I’ve got it in my blood to make one of those boxes. Maybe after a bunch of carving practice to get back into shape!
That book is fabulous!
Didn’t know about the Fine Woodworking article–great–
Congrats on the Fine Woodworking article and book review. It is an excellently written how to book, of course you got a good review. I have been staying out of trouble all summer making shavings from what I am learning from the book. Thank you!!!!!!
I just started subscribing to FWW and was pleasantly surprised to see your art. Hope to see more of your writing in FWW in the future. Love your book BTW!
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