Monday, April 21, 2008

Gerry's Chair

Here is Gerry Felix with his completed chair. I am thoroughly pleased with the results of his labor. I know that the lines of the chair a simple looking, but it is the most complex chair that I make and takes a great deal of patience. Besides the box stretcher, (Gerry's first) the arm shaping process, the curved stiles and the crest with duckbills require new chairmaking skills that are challenging to say the least.

Gerry brought some red elm along that worked out beautifully for his arms. He plans to leave them unpainted in the final chair. I look forward to seeing it.

It has been very rewarding to see Gerry's skill grow over that last years. Watching him tackle the skew and come into his own as a chairmaker has been a thrill. Keep it up.

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