Sam and Mike’s chairs

Sam and Mike’s chairs

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A look at how two students on last years chair making course have developed their skills.
Big tables, small tables and chairs

Big tables, small tables and chairs

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Last week was a varied and busy week in my workshop. I taught a wide rang of skills from basic planing and sawing through to the zenith of the furniture making craft chair making. There was also some heavy lifting involved.
Mike’s chair

Mike’s chair

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Mike made this chair on the 2015 chair making course.
Chair making –  the finale.

Chair making – the finale.

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The final part of the chair making course saga with pictures and feedback from the students.
The chair making course – really motoring now!

The chair making course – really motoring now!

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The chair making course has been running for about four weeks now and we are building to a climax! All the jointing has been done, there is some final shaping and fitting to be completed before glue up and soap finish application. The next session at the workshop will see us finish the chairs by weaving the Danish cord seat.
VM Chair Project VI

VM Chair Project VI

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The final task in the VM chair making project is to weave the Danish cord seat.
VM Chair Project V

VM Chair Project V

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With all the jointing and shaping finished I glue up and apply the soap finish to the VM chair
The VM Chair Making Project IV

The VM Chair Making Project IV

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Fitting chair back.

Having completed the fitting and shaping for the crest rail as described in my previous blog on the VM chair the main jobs left were the fitting and shaping of the arms and the back splats.

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The VM Chair Making Project III

The VM Chair Making Project III

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Shaping crest rail

Shaping crest rail with spoke shave

As I said in my previous blog I found the shaping of the chair parts to be more complex than the jointing. A lot of the subtlety of the chair comes from the play of light on various curves and facets. The flow of the grain on the crest rail is also important.

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The VM Chair Making Project Part II

The VM Chair Making Project Part II

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Part made chair

Basic chair assembly, still some shaping and the back splats to do.

The Vidar Chair Project has progressed well since my last blog about it. There have been a number of interruptions; a couple of courses and  Christmas and I also broke off to start work on a new version of Grid IV with Christine Meyer-Eaglestone. However all the jointing is complete, I am now working on the shaping.

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The VM Chair Making Project.

The VM Chair Making Project.

Posted by on Dec 6, 2014 in Blog | One Comment
Some time ago I was shown some pictures of a chair made by Vidar Malmsten back in the early 70’s. The chair has a minimalist elegance with a strong touch of Chippendale about it. Vidar Malmsten was a friend of James Krenov, a Swedish furniture maker and teacher who has an almost god like status amongst some makers. The chair is often made as a student project by students at krenov inspired colleges in the US.
Mock up of chair

First version of the mock up.

Well, I thought, if the Americans can do it why not here in Ilkley, and set about researching the chair.

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Chair Making

Chair Making

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Most chair making courses involve making a turned chair. My course is unique in teaching a jointed chair and allowing you to work at your own pace. Chair making is rightly known as the acme of the furniture maker’s craft. Not only must the chair look good from all directions it must also be strong and comfortable. On this course we look at these issues when making a copy of the famous chair made by Vidar Malmsten in the seventies. Whilst making the chair you will learn many skills with wider applications; forming complex curves, cutting compound angled joints and using a detailed workshop drawing to control a project. This is an unusual course as it combines teaching sessions with work in your own workshop. So if you want to take your woodwork to the top level and to have the freedom of doing some of the work at home this is the course for you.