Category Archives: The Anarchist’s Design Book

“Fine and Affordable Underground Furniture”

The Kiwi Coffin Club of Rotorua and the DIY Coffin Club for Hawkes Bay, both on the North Island of New Zealand, are featured in a short article in today’s World News section of The New York Times. You can … Continue reading

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3 Stick Chairs and a Pig Bench

It’s a good day when I find three new images of stick chairs. Researcher Suzanne Ellison sent me the September 2015 issue of Antique Collecting recently, and I devoured it this morning while juggling some technical publishing problems. Inside the … Continue reading

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Chair Chat: Stick Chairs & Trinocular Crest Rails

Yesterday Chris and I had a Q & A session about stick chairs, the Hall’s Croft chair, chair design and more. It was only towards the end of the evening portion of our chat, and after he had consumed two … Continue reading

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Undercarriage Assembly

Gluing and wedging the legs into the seat is pretty easy if you don’t have stretchers between the legs. But there are still lots of opportunities to mess things up and get into a bind when you open the glue … Continue reading

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Saddling a Seat

There’s almost certainly a sort of Reinheitsgebot for chairmakers. If you don’t use hand tools at every stage, you receive one evil eye. Truth is, lots of chairmakers I know use power tools at some stage of the process. Many … Continue reading

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Wednesday: Copperplate Prints from ‘The Anarchist’s Design Book’

On Wednesday we will begin to take orders for people who would like handmade copperplate prints from “The Anarchist’s Design Book” made by Briony Morrow-Cribbs. Because of the time and expense in offering these prints, however, we are going to … Continue reading

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Legging up the Staked Armchair

There are two reasons I bore and ream the mortises for a chair before saddling the seat. 1) Saddling the seat removes any spelching made by the drill bit. Or, put another way, I don’t spelch my newly saddled seat. … Continue reading

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