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.
Nick’s chair, table and stool

Nick’s chair, table and stool

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This Scandinavian influence set of an arm chair, stool and occasional table was made by Nick, a student on my Thursday evening class.
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

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Blog | One Comment
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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Thinking about chairs

Thinking about chairs

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Blog | 2 Comments

 

Chair designed by Vidar Malmstein

Chair designed by Vidar Malmstein

I’ve been thinking about chairs a lot recently. This is partly because I am developing a course based around making a copy of a chair designed by the Swedish furniture maker Vidar Malmstein. The design is similar to a traditional jointed chair; one could almost say it’s a Swedish minimal take on Chippendale. The result is a very elegant chair with subtle curves and angles which provide a real challenge to the hand maker. Not only do the curves and angles require some thought and planning to achieve crisply, but the beauty of the chair can be greatly enhanced by careful alignment of the grain on the curved parts, something that can set it aside from machine produced work. It’s this mixture of complexity that makes the chair a good challenge for my most advanced students.

Unfortunately, measured drawings of the chair are not available. It is made often by students at the College of the Redwoods(CR) in the US, but the college is reluctant to part with any details.

Chair Making

Chair Making

Posted by on Aug 1, 1916 in Advanced Furniture Courses, Courses | No Comments
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.