Category Archives: John Brown Book

The Cover Model for ‘Welsh Stick Chairs’

When I first picked up “Welsh Stick Chairs,” I didn’t fall in love with the chair that John Brown built for the book. That chair had a steam-bent armbow that didn’t quite suit my eye. Instead, I fell for the … Continue reading

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A Journey to Wales, Part 5, Enter the Hexagon

I’ve always used octagonal legs on my stick chairs because the geometry makes sense to my modern head. Cut the four-sided leg from a plank. Then plane down the four corners to create an octagon. But when you study old … Continue reading

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A Journey to Wales, Part 4: Chair 024

Though I’ve been happily married for 25 years, I’ve had a number of intense love affairs – the kind that make you want to write bad poetry and buy good lumber. These affairs are, of course, with pieces of furniture … Continue reading

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A Journey to Wales, Part 3: St Fagans

When deciding what chairs to place in the historic buildings collected at the St Fagans National Museum of Wales, Emyr Davies says museum officials have to be careful. If they place a high-style chair in a house or a room … Continue reading

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A Journey to Wales, Part 2

I’ve known Chris Williams for a few years, and I now feel we are destined to have our lives intertwined for the rest of my days. There simply isn’t anyone else who thinks about chairs in the the way I … Continue reading

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A Journey to Wales, Part 1

I’m sitting at Pantry Fields, the homestead where John Brown wrote “Welsh Stick Chairs,” in a massive chair that was built by John Brown. And I’m surrounded by JB’s family and friends, who generously allowed me into their world on … Continue reading

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May 2019: Chris Williams’ Welsh Stick Chair Class

I am particularly pleased to tell you that Chris Williams will travel from Wales to the Lost Art Press storefront in Covington, Ky., on May 20-24, 2019, to teach his class on building Welsh stick chairs. Chris worked with John … Continue reading

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