Category Archives: Campaign Furniture

Kaare Klint’s Safari Chair Drawings in the Danish National Art Library

There’s little doubt that Kaare Klint’s “Safari Chair” was directly inspired by Roorkee chairs built during the late Victorian era. The chairs are so close in dimension that I use the same leather patterns when building an 1898 Roorkee chair … Continue reading

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Roorkee No. 24. Same, But Not

One of the things I enjoy about this chair form is that it never gets boring for me (but I don’t think I’ve been bored since age 11). Though this is the 24th Roorkee I’ve built during the last three … Continue reading

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Over There: Roorkee Hardware & Tool Storage

If you don’t check my blog at Popular Woodworking Magazine, here are a couple of items you might be interested in. I’m finishing off two Roorkee chairs this week and am using some different hardware bits that are working out … Continue reading

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Look Mom, I Made the Cover

Even though I’ve been writing for newspapers and magazines for 25 years, it’s still a thrill to be on the cover or the front page. This month, a campaign-style bookcase I built for a customer is on the cover of … Continue reading

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Obsession No. 212. Umbrella Chairs

When I wrote “Campaign Furniture,” I tried to avoid some of the “camp” campaign pieces – mostly pieces of furniture that had been adapted to plastic modern versions and available for sale at Bed, Bath & Beyond. But this week, … Continue reading

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England. And then More Roorkees

I leave for England Saturday to teach two classes for the New English Workshop at Warwickshire College, but before that English experience, I have to tend to another. Today I started roughing out the parts for two more Roorkee chairs … Continue reading

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The Inglorious Conclusion of the Roorkee

During my early research into Roorkee chairs I received at least a dozen e-mails from chairmakers and fellow woodworkers with this simple message: Turn back; the Roorkee is a bad design. Many of these woodworkers had sat in mid-20th century … Continue reading

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