I made this stool to sit at the work bench while hand cutting joinery. The stool design is inspired by the democratic chair I made with Curtis Buchanan. The seat is made of pine, the legs are made of white oak, and the struts are made of ash. The stool seat will eventually be finished with milk paint and the legs with Arm-R-Seal. January 2020.
Ladder Back Chair (Version 04)
This is the fourth chair I made in my shop, the first being the Jeannie Alexander chair (shown below). This chair and the second and third chairs were an attempt at designing a chair to my liking that is based on the Jeannie Alexander chair concept. Of the these three designs, this is my favorite. The chair is made with white oak and finished with one coat of Arm-R-Seal. The seat is woven rush (which is actually twisted paper). January 2020
Curtis Buchanan Democratic Windsor Chair
I made this chair in a class taught by Curtis Buchanan in Jonesboro TN. Curtis was a highly skilled and very knowlegable chair maker. In this class he was primarily interested in teaching the hand tool skills required to make a windsor chair. Curtis approached everything with an open mind; he was always willing to listen and learn from others. In addition to learning techniques beyond those I picked up in the previous two classes, I was also pushed to find my threshold of competence with hand tools. This was invaluable, giving me a deeper foundation in the understanding and use of hand tools which has always fascinated me. The chair is made with white pine for the seat and red oak for the back and legs. The chair will be finished with milk paint. September 2019.
Pete Galbert Balloon Back Windsor Chair
I made this chair in a class taught by Pete Galbert in Rollingford NH. Pete was a fabulous teacher with a brilliant engineering mind. His class was carefully thought out so that all his students went home with a chair they could be proud of. The chair is made of red oak for the back, white pine for the seat and maple for the legs. The chair will be finished with milk paint. June 2019.
Jeannie Alexander Chair
This is the first chair I made in my shop. I followed instructions provided in a book and a DVD both written and produced by Jeannie Alexander who was a pioneer in the resurgence of making ladder back chairs using pre-industrial hand tool techniques. The chair is made with ash and finished with one coat of Arm-R-Seal. The seat is woven rush (which is actually twisted paper). December 2018
Brian Boggs Chair built with Jeff Lefkowitz
I took a chair making class with Jeff Lefkowitz in Strasburg Virginia and built this arm chair designed by Brian Boggs. This was my first experience with traditional chair making . Jeff was an excellent instructor and a fine craftsman. This class was an excellent introduction into the world of chair making. The chair is made from solid ash with a hickory bark seat. The ash is finished with Arm-R-Seal and the hickory bark is finished with boiled linseed oil. June 2018
Westport Adirondak Chair
A cousin of Sally's designed this chair based on the Adirondak Westport chair and we built it together in my shop. It is solid walnut screwed together. Finished with Arm-R-Seal. February 2018
Thanks to... Grace DuVal for photographing the Dr. Suess Bed and the Desk without Drawers. Becky Hutcheson for photographing the Upper Cherry Cabinet and the Desk Without Drawers. Amy Biddle for website design and photography. Tim Paul for the lumber that supplies my shop. (All from Virginia forests.) Sally Hutcheson (my wife) for her ideas, inspiration, insights, encouragment, patience, and photography.