Category Archives: Books in Print

Famous Bottoms in Roorkee Chairs

Silkroad traveler Suzanne Ellison spent some time on the Dark Web yesterday, digging up images of famous people sitting in Roorkee chairs. Even I was surprised at what she found. — Christopher Schwarz

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Preview of ‘Build a Campaign Chair’

You can watch this. I can’t. I honestly have to be half in the bag to watch myself on video. Then I hurl slurred insults at myself. This, I have found, is cheaper than therapy. The “Build a Campaign Chair” … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Build a Campaign Chair DVD

One of the most influential chairs of the 20th century was built and designed by an anonymous craftsman in Roorkee, India. Whoever built the first “Roorkee” chair in the late 1890s was trying to supply the military forces of the … Continue reading

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David Savage on ‘The Book of Plates’

Furniture maker David Savage has posted a review of “The Book of Plates” on his blog today. I wasn’t sure what he would think of the book. His furniture is so incredibly contemporary, that it would be easy for a … Continue reading

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Be Smart and Carry the Gazintas

As you design your tool chest, a little bit of cypherin’ can make a tool chest seem like the Tardis – way bigger on the inside than it should be. This traveling chest carries a remarkable amount of tools in … Continue reading

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A Simple Saw Till for a Tool Chest

Because saws are delicate rust-magnets, storing them is a balancing act of protecting their bendable, rust-prone sawplates and still making them easy to get in and out of storage. There are many good solutions. This is a simple one that … Continue reading

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You Didn’t Get This

Sweet mother of mercy I have been waiting a long time to post this entry. Question: Do you want a polissoir that looks and works exactly like the one shown in Roubo’s 18th-century masterwork? Answer: Why yes, I do. Click … Continue reading

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