One update – the new video about making a wainscot chair is here, from Lie-Nielsen.

wainscot chair videp


Over 200 minutes, it shows how to make a full-blown wainscot chair based on a 17th-century example. The chair is carved, but that work is covered in earlier videos I did with Lie-Nielsen. I have one batch for sale, or you can order them from Lie-Nielsen if you need other stuff too…

here’s the blurb:

17th Century Wainscot Chair

with Peter Follansbee

The Wainscot Chair is one of the hallmarks of 17th century joinery. In this DVD, Peter demonstrates how to prepare material from a section of oak, shape the chair pieces using bench tools and a pole lathe, and join them together with drawbored mortise and tenon joints. He also offers two traditional approaches for making the angled joints of this chair.

Peter Follansbee specializes in 17th century period joinery and green woodworking. He spent over 20 years making reproduction furniture at Plimoth Plantation, the living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. In addition to teaching the craft at schools around the USA, Peter co-authored the book, Make a Joint Stool from a Tree: An Introduction to 17th Century Joinery, with Jennie Alexander. He is also featured in three other Lie-Nielsen DVDs: 17th c. New England Carving (2010); 17th c. New England Carving: Carving the S-Scroll (2011); and 17th c. Joined Chest (2012).

218 minutes (2 discs), Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Productions, 2014.


The new video, 17th Century Wainscot Chair  – is now available. $40 plus $2 shipping in US. Email me if you’d rather send a check; but the paypal button is right here…

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I’ll start with this carved panel that got missed last time. I just swung through Connecticut earlier this month for 2 sessions; and this panel was on my mind…it’s from the Connecticut River Valley, maybe Wethersfield, maybe Windsor. Doesn’t matter to me, it’s one of my favorites. We have this same design on one of our kitchen cupboards. 

H: 19″  W: 17 3/4″
$475 including shipping in the US.

sunflower panel & frame AUG sunflower panel detail



hewn bowl #14-03

Birch, hewn “upside down” i.e. the wider part of the log forms the base. Result is a sweeping design to the bowl’s rim. Painted with artist’s oil colors mixed in flax oil. Then chip-carved along the rim. Green above, blue below. 

H: 3 3/4″  W: 6 3/4″   L: 15 3/4″

$425 shipped in US. 


hewn bowl 14-03 long view


bowl 14-03 carving

hewn bowl 14-03 overall 2



bowl 14-03 blue






#14-98; SOLD


cherry. A nice little crook of a spoon. Lots of heartwood/sapwood contrast. 

L:  7″  W: 2″
$ 50 plus $7 shipping in US.  

spoon 14-98 side

spoon 14-98 top




14-105 – SOLD

Birch. my favorite hook-ed spoon. I stopped looking at the ones by Jogge & Wille Sundqvist and just made the hook the way it came to me. It feels a lot like the decorative cuts under the arms on wainscot chairs. 

L: 9 5/8″  W: 2 3/4″

$120 plus $7 shipping in US

spoon 14-105

spoon 14-105 top view

spoon 14-105 handle


#14-106  SOLD

Another birch hook-spoon. This one’s the palimpsest I wrote about recently on the blog. I think I saved it by trimming the bowl. The one above is a hard act to follow, but this one’s a real good, large server. 

L: 12 1/2″   W:  3 3/8″

$100 plus $7 shipping in US

spoon 14-106 overall

spoon 14-106 handle





#14-107 – SOLD

an apple serving spoon. This piece of wood dropped through the cracks and was a welcome mix from the birch of this batch. Apple is the spoon wood…period. 

L:  9 3/4″  W: 2 1/4″
$55 plus $7 shipping in US

spoon 14-107 overall

spoon 14-107 side view




14-108 – back to birch. A nice round-ish serving spoon. 

L: 9 1/4″   W:   2 5/8″
$50 plus $7 shipping in US

spoon 14-108 overall

spoon 14-108 top




14-109 – a birch crook, this one fell out of a tree with this shape, just about. 

L:  10″  W:   2 1/4″
$65 plus $7 shipping in US

spoon 14-109 side

spoon 14-109 top




14-110 – SOLD


a cooking or serving spoon, generous sized bowl, without being too large. Some of the birch seems to really suck up the flax oil, and this is one of them…it becomes translucent, like a horn spoon, if you’ve ever seen them. 

L:  10 3/4″  W:   2 7/8″
$65 plus $7 shipping in US

spoon 14-110 overall spoon 14-110 side spoon 14-110




14-111 – SOLD

a nice little big eater, or small server. A shape I’ve worked at off & on for a while. 

L:  6 1/2″  W:  2 1/8″ 

$40 plus $7 shipping in US

spoon 14-111 overall

spoon 14-111 side



#14-112, one more birch spoon. A flat server, radially-split, which means the bowl’s grain is a series of lines, rather than concentric rings. I must have split it from a larger birch section than usual, but I don’t remember it! 

L:  7 1/2″  W: 2 1/8″
$40 plus $7 shipping in US



spoon 14-112 side spoon 14-112






I’ve had a couple of people ask about baskets, so I’ll post a couple here and we’ll see what happens. Hand-made baskets are a world apart from the cheap imports we see all too often. To see about how I make these, there’s lots of blog posts about them, many of which are here: https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/?s=basket 

I pound the growth rings of white ash apart, then soak the resulting splints, trim them and weave them. The handles and rims are made from steam-bent white oak or hickory. I have many of these that I use every day, after 25 years they are still holding up fine. 


basket #14-01 – ash, with white oak rims and handle. This one’s called a swing-handle, because the handle does just that, instead of being fixed in place. Linseed oil finish. 

H (to rim) : 8 1/2″    Diameter: 9 1/4″

$250 plus $0 shipping in US

basket 14-01 swing handle basket 14-01 swing handle up

(This photo shows how the “ears” engage the handle, from an earlier swing handle basket this year…)

installed ear


basket #14-02  SOLD

and basket #14-03

Let’s go from left to right.

On the left, #14-02, ash basket, white oak rims and handle. There’s no finish applied to this basket, it will age and darken nicely in time. 

H (to rim): 7 1/4″    L: 11 3/4″   W:  9 3/4″
$200 plus $10 shipping in US

On the right is #14-03 – all of my baskets are white ash, this one has a hickory handle and white oak rims. Another difference between the two is that this basket has a linseed oil finish. I sometimes use this to accelerate the patina – I have both finished and unfinished baskets, there’s no functional difference. 

H (to rim): 6 3/4″    L: 12 1/2″   W:  9 1/2″
$200 plus $10 shipping in US

basket 14-02 and 03

baskets 14-02 & 03 top


8 thoughts on “SPOONS AND MORE, OCT 2014

  1. I would like to purchase #14-111 – a nice little big eater, or small server. A shape I’ve worked at off & on for a while.

    L: 6 1/2″ W: 2 1/8″

    $40 plus $7 shipping in US

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