Since building my first set of Roorkhee chairs, I’ve been tweaking the details for the set of six chairs I’m working on now.
Most of the changes are in the leather. Instead of riveting the leather, we are stitching and riveting the leather. And we are using different rivets. Instead of rapid rivets, we’ve switched to #9 x 1/2” copper rivets. These rivets take more time to install, but they hold tighter (according to our leather experts) and they are easier to deal with when you are working with leather of inconsistent thickness.
And they are more expensive.
To see how to install them, I shot this short video of my shop assistant, Ty Black, making a sample rivet in some vegetable-tanned leather. There’s also a short clip at the end that shows how we are stitching the leather and riveting the ends.
We are quite pleased with the copper rivets. If you have a Tandy store in your area (or another leatherworking store), stop by and take a look at them.
The Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) is looking for an editor to its prestigious annual publication, “American Period Furniture.”
The organization seeks an editor who is proficient in both the worlds of writing and woodworking. If you are selected for the job, you’ll be running all aspects of the magazine – both editorial and advertising – plus attending meetings of the organization.
“American Period Furniture” is an excellent magazine; I read the entire thing every year when it arrives in my mailbox. The journal, and the organization’s web site, are why I am a member of the organization. If you are interested in American furniture, it is worth joining – and this is from a person who isn’t a joiner (of organizations). Information on joining SAPFM is here.
If you are interested in applying for the position of editor, you can download the job posting here. Interested candidates can obtain additional information on the job or apply at: SAPFM@comcast.net.
I don’t have any vested interest in this process. I’m not on the search committee – I’m simply a member. And I don’t have any inside information on the position.