This Weekend: Stop by DesignBuildCincy


Instead of reveling in my dotage, today I assembled this staked stool.

I’ll be doing a demonstration of staked joinery at 3 p.m. this Saturday at the DesignBuildCincy show at Music Hall. So if you’d like to see me build a stool in an hour (or less) please stop by.

The DesignBuildCincy show is an interesting affair, bringing together furniture makers, home remodelers, architects, artists and suppliers in a show for customers who appreciate craftsmanship and good design. (Here’s a list of vendors.)

I was asked to exhibit my work at the show, but I simply don’t have enough furniture in stock to manage a booth. So instead, they asked if I would give a short talk.

The show is located in the beautiful and newly restored Music Hall in Over the Rhine. I have been aching to see the completed work, which sought to restore many of the details of the hall when it was constructed in 1878. Plus, if you know anything about Over the Rhine, it’s a great place to get a meal or just stroll around the historic buildings.

Hope to see you there. Hope to see someone there – there’s nothing sadder than making a stool for an audience of none.

— Christopher Schwarz

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19 Responses to This Weekend: Stop by DesignBuildCincy

  1. hgordon4 says:

    Don’t you have to reach a minimum of age 50 before you can have a dotage to revel in?
    50 is when you can get your AARP card. ;>)

  2. johncashman73 says:

    I do not, ever, want anyone watching me make a stool.

  3. Rachael Boyd says:

    I love doing the (dog and pony shows ) wish I could stop by and say hi.

  4. Anthony says:

    Wish I could be there to watch.

  5. toolnut says:

    I’m guessing you’ll get a good crowd but if you want to increase your odds maybe you could raffle off the stool to all who watch you build it and you might get a good turnout.

  6. fitz says:

    I’ll be there…even though I’ve seen you make a stool many times before.

  7. Barry MacDonald says:

    Turn it into a show like Jögge Sundqvist

    • johncashman73 says:

      I was flabbergasted by Jogge’s soundtrack when I saw him live. I’ve been to concerts where there was less music.

  8. Bengt Nilsson says:

    I’m sorry to miss this but I loved our tour of over and under over the rhein a rew years ago

  9. Joe says:

    Is there any chance you can video tape your demo and post it up later? Actually, any chance you could stream it live on YouTube? I would love to go to the show but can’t be there in person.

  10. Roland Stewart Chapman says:

    Isn’t that seat uncomfortable to sit on ? All those lumps sticking up .

  11. Matthew Groves says:

    When did you start using wedged through-tenons on the stretchers? Impetus?

    • Hey Matthew. I guess I’ve been using through wedged tenons for six months. I changed simply to make things stronger (I haven’t had any stool failures…). Trapping the tenon between a shoulder and a wedge is a little more work. But it is an inherently better joint.

      Hope this helps.

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