Category Archives: Welsh Stick Chairs by John Brown

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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‘You’ve Been on a Chair Kick, Lately’

Earlier this week I was interviewed for the Fine Woodworking podcast by Ben Strano, which was a hoot. (I’ll post links to it next week when it’s released.) Ben and I are always a bit goofy when we’re together, and … Continue reading

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Learn to Speak Welsh

OK, so that’s not going to happen. When Chris Williams came here in May 2018 to teach his first U.S. chairmaking class, he tried to help me pronounce a few Welsh proper nouns. This is what it sounded like (to … Continue reading

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A Vote of No Confidence

For better or worse, my chairs tend to flirt with stretchers. Should the chair have them or not? While common sense might dictate that all chairs should have stretchers between their legs for added strength, the historical record disagrees. Early … Continue reading

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Characteristics of Welsh Stick Chairs

This is an excerpt from “Welsh Stick Chairs” by John Brown. Probably the first record of a back chair is in the manuscript of the laws of Hywel Dda (Howell the Good), a 10th century Welsh king. The surviving document, inscribed in … Continue reading

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A V-block for Shaving Spindles

One of the things I love about how chairmaker Chris Williams works is that he tries – at every turn – to reduce the tools and contrivances needed to build a chair. One of the big things he offers is … Continue reading

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Oh Geeze, This Feels Weird

For at least the 12th time this month I’ve looked at the work on my bench and found that the odder it looks, the better. I’m building a near-replica of a chair on display at St Fagans National Museum of … Continue reading

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