a new bird & a loft sale

raking light

I continue to get notices of new subscribers, maybe more lately than a short while ago. This is very encouraging – I had worried that maybe blogs were falling by the wayside. Glad to see continued interest in this one. I have an Instagram page or feed or whatever-you-call them – but I’ve run out of steam with it. I’ll keep it for a while at least, but won’t give it much of my attention. I much prefer the blog – so thanks to all who’ve stuck with it and welcome to any newcomers.

For those newcomers, you wouldn’t know it lately, but often there’s birds on this blog – and finally today I got one I’ve been waiting 22 years for. This female evening grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) appeared yesterday – first time ever in our yard. But I couldn’t get a photo. It came back today & I managed to sneak a few shots. When I was first learning about birds in the 1970s these birds were common around here in winter, showing up in flocks of 20 or more. This is only the 2nd time I’ve seen one since the early 1980s. Now if only the male would show up – https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Evening_Grosbeak/overview

female evening grosbeak

Another thing that sometimes happens here is I pull things out of the loft and offer than at a reduced price. Some are there because they’re not quite “right”, others just didn’t sell & went up there. Or I never offered them for sale. There’s one of each from those categories now. From the “just didn’t sell” category – two – a box and a chair.

If you’d like to purchase any of these, send me an email or leave a comment here. You can pay with a check or paypal – I’ll tack $35 on for paypal – my email is peterfollansbee7@gmail.com

H: 8″ W: 24″ D: 13 1/2″

white pine lid & bottom
$1,400 includes shipping in US. Now $1,200 SOLD


oak box spring 2022
end view oak box spring 2022

The inside features a lidded till. The sides and bottoms of tills are made from what I find around the shop. In this case, a black walnut till side.



The other from this category is a ladderback chair with Shaker tape seat.

red oak posts & slats, hickory rungs. Shaker tape seat
H: 33 1/4″ W: (across front posts): 17 1/4″ D: (from rear post-tops to front posts): 16″ Seat height 17 1/4″
$1,200  NOW $1,000 including shipping in U.S.

This is one of my chairs patterned after Jennie Alexander’s chair. Mine’s a bit heavier in its parts (& overall) than JA’s. But hers were the lightest of all.

red oak & hickory chair

front view

front view ladderback chair


From the “not quite right” category – another ladderback chair. This one is asymmetrical – the only damage is to my pride, the chair is sound. Just a little off-kilter. One rear post is angled out more than its neighbor. Or less, depending on how you look at it. Tight, strong – everything about it is OK except that. Sits fine. Will outlast us all. A hickory chair with white oak slats, hickory bark seat. (In the photo below you can see the post on our left angled out more than that on the right.)

Dimensions about the same at the chair above.


Hickory posts & rungs, white oak slats. Hickory bark seat.
dimensions approx. H: 33 1/4″ W: (across front posts): 17 1/4″ D: (from rear post-tops to front posts): 16″ Seat height 17 1/4″
$1,000 includes shipping in U.S.

hickory & white oak chair

Another view.

hickory & white oak chair

Ah! the “never-offered” category didn’t get photographed. It’s one of the brettstuhls/board chairs. I’ll shoot it tomorrow or Friday – I’ll post it here later in the week.

chest with drawer

This chest is also available, but no discount, not an impulse buy. Contact me if you’re interested. You can always make your own, from the video series – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/follansbeejoinedchest or the plans – both of which are on sale now as well. https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/carving-drawings-plans/

chest plans by Jeff Lefkowitz & PF

My wife tells me she’ll have an update to her etsy shop soon. I saw her dyeing stuff just now, busy busy. https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaureensFiberArts

That’s enough commerce for now. I hope the make evening grosbeak shows up tomorrow.

11 thoughts on “a new bird & a loft sale

  1. Hello! is the red oak and hickory chair still available? If so, I’d love to purchase. Many thanks. Melissa Macias

  2. Hey, Peter, I’d love to see how you crate those chairs for shipping. Maybe you’ve already covered it and I missed it? Also glad to hear that blogging still has an audience. I’m tired of Instagram too…

    • Hi yourself Kiko,
      I stink at crating, it’s not a hand-tool friendly job. The ladderbacks are so structurally sound that I’ve had good luck just with bubble-wrap & a cardboard box. The local UPS store carries one 22 x 22 x 36 that fits that chair with enough room for padding, etc. My wife taught me to fill the empty space with egg cartons – cushion-y and light. For some reason the place she gets eggs won’t take them back. So they often pile up here.

      • well dang, that’s straightforward and pretty simple. At least compared to what I was imagining. And it makes sense. Thanks and best wishes from here…

  3. I’m a relatively new subscriber, and while I found your blog through my interest in woodworking, I can say that I’ve been delighted by all of the content. You seem like a kindred spirit.
    I’m not surprised at the growing subscribers, though – your work is remarkable!
    Congrats on the Evening Grosbeak – it’s an irruption year, I’ve heard, and I’m hoping I get to see some down my way in New Jersey, too.

  4. Peter, I read you with pleasure, and also with difficulty, my knowledge of your language is poor. Thanks to you, my knowledge of woodworking and birds is growing. Your blog photos are amazing. Thanks for sharing these.

  5. Peter:

    Greetings and good evening. I would like to purchase the white oak and hickory chair. Can come by next week to collect it if that is OK? Best, George

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