Category Archives: Welsh Stick Chairs by John Brown

Before You Can Write Music…

This week we will begin selling laser-cut templates for the Staked Armchair in “The Anarchist’s Design Book: Expanded Edition,” and I have received more than a few raised eyebrows and cutting remarks about the templates. After all, isn’t this a … Continue reading

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‘Welsh Stick Chairs’ Available in the U.K.

You can now order the Lost Art Press version of “Welsh Stick Chairs” in the U.K. and Europe through Classic Hand Tools in Suffolk. Classic Hand Tools is currently taking pre-orders and will ship those out when the books arrive … Continue reading

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Who is the Father?

This is an excerpt from “Welsh Stick Chairs” by John Brown.  Tracing the provenance of individual country chairs is a complicated business, probably with few exceptions, impossible. There is no scholarly standard work to refer to. Chairs with similar characteristics are found … Continue reading

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Welsh & Scottish Chairs in Georgia

During his long career as a chairmaker, Chris Williams has heard stories of people filling up shipping containers of Welsh stick chairs and sending them to the United States. (You also hear stories – shudder – of people chopping them … Continue reading

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Not Again

When I built my first stick chair in 2003, I was so happy with the result that I wanted to build that exact same form 100 times or more. Today – maybe 100 chairs later – I roughed out a … Continue reading

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Chair Chat: The Welsh and the Irish

On Saturday, Chris Schwarz and I had our biennial chair conversation. I subjected him to a mind probe about his recently purchased a Welsh stick chair and an Irish Gibson stick chair he is currently building. Suzanne: Please confirm if … Continue reading

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Sirens of the Ditch

I’ve seen a lot of slideshows of people’s incredible, breathtaking and life-changing work. For the first 50 years of my life, I watched and was inspired. Graceful furniture forms. Astonishing craftsmanship. Shimmering finishes. All of it made me say: I … Continue reading

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The American Welsh Stick Chair

I try not to call my chairs “Welsh stick chairs” for several reasons. I don’t live in Wales. I don’t have access to the craggy timbers used for the seats. And I don’t have hedgerows where I can harvest sticks, … Continue reading

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A Visit with John Porritt, Chairmaker

Welsh stick chairs turn up in some of the strangest places, including the Hudson Valley of New York. Today on my drive home from Fine Woodworking LIVE (the event was wonderful), I was invited to stop by the shop of … Continue reading

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Building the Seat of a Cardigan Chair

This is an excerpt from “Welsh Stick Chairs” by John Brown.  Having cut out the seat, the first job is to clean up the sawn edge. Here is a wooden jack-plane in use. I very rarely buy new tools. They are … Continue reading

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