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LostArtPress on InstagramThis stage of construction always makes me think of the Iron Throne.The period which concerns us is from around 1700 to the late 19th century. At this time, without railways or roads, about three-quarters of the country was inaccessible to any kind of heavy or bulky load. If it would not go on the back of a pack animal, it didn’t go! If you add the poverty of centuries to this poor transportation there are two major effects on the lives of the smallholder, farmer and villager in inland Wales. The first is that the people individually, and the villagers corporately, had to be self-sufficient in nearly everything. The second effect was that the people were not influenced by the fashions of their more urban contemporaries. If they made an object, whatever it was, a pot, a shawl, a spoon, an implement or a piece of furniture, the overriding parameters of the design were availability of materials and fitness for use. This produced traditional and unique designs, from clothing to the construction of their dwellings. So the tradition accumulated which was unique to their particular area. Another area had another design. With the passing of time, and increasing populations, men travelled to find work, or visited the coastal seaports, and in this way new ideas would come. In this atmosphere a type of Welsh furniture evolved, including the Welsh stick chair. — from “Welsh Stick Chairs” by John Brown #Welsh_Stick_ChairsMoulding planes typically come in two flavors: The simple section of a circle (either convex or concave), or a complex moulding that is formed fully by one plane. Each has its advantages in the shop. What is most useful from Moxon’s description is his mention of the different pitches available for these planes. Softer woods use lower-pitched irons and lower angles on their irons (12 degrees, according to Moxon, which seems low). And harder woods use higher pitches – up to 80 degrees, which seems rather high from the old planes I’ve seen. Typical moulding planes, even early ones, would use higher pitches, but I’ve never seen an 80-degree pitch moulding plane. Typically, these planes top out at a 60-degree pitch in my experience. — from “Art of Joinery” by Joseph Moxon; commentary by Christopher Schwarz #The_Art_of_Joinery
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Category Archives: John Brown Book
We are fast closing in on the publication date of the classic book “Welsh Stick Chairs” by John Brown. This compact book has had a profound effect on woodworkers and designers all over the world. It is the story of … Continue reading
After five long days in the shop, Chris Williams has sent six new Welsh stick chairs into the wilds of America. My hope is that these chairs work like seeds, and an appreciation for this form will take root and … Continue reading
When John Brown taught chair classes in the United States in the 1990s, he famously threw a student’s machinist calipers into a lake to make a point about how his chairs should be built. Then, while teaching at John Wilson’s … Continue reading
With many woodworking classes, the goal is for every student to end up with identical chairs, tool chests or side tables. But that approach is opposite to the spirit of a Welsh stick chair. Welsh stick chairs weren’t manufactured (and … Continue reading
Today I’m going to tell you a nice story. Later in the week I’ll tell you a shocking one. For the last couple weeks I’ve been unusually chipper, despite all the crap I’ve been managing with my father’s estate. In … Continue reading
You can now register for the chairbuilding class with Chris Williams via this link. Note: Registering for the class or the waiting list is free – they won’t ask you for a credit card to register. After the dust settles, … Continue reading
Chris Williams and I have decided to hold this Welsh stick chair class on May 21-25, 2018, at our Covington, Ky., shop. Registration will open at noon Eastern time on Friday, Oct. 13. You can read more about the class … Continue reading