Category Archives: Welsh Stick Chairs by John Brown

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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Welsh Stick Chair Details

For the last week I’ve been studying the 200 photos I took at St Fagans and thinking about the 29 chairs that Chris Williams and I examined during our visit there. The chairs look a lot different to me now … Continue reading

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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 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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