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A Tale of Two Chairs

comments (1) August 18th, 2014 in Reader's Gallery

Chuck_Griffith Charles Griffith, member
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We saw the chair on the left at a big Shaker auction in June. As a "production chair," one of thousands the Shakers made for the general public, it should not have commanded a terribly high price. We figured $650 would do it, and that's where we stopped bidding. But the room when nuts for this chair, and it finally sold for over $14,000.

Luckily, during the pre-auction viewing I was able to measure the chair pretty accurately, so now I have one too. The main difference is that I made mine from curly maple instead of plain. Dyed and finished with many coats of a hand-rubbed mixture of tung oil, linseed oil and varnish.

Woodworker's revenge.



Design or Plan used: Traditional Shaker
posted in: Reader's Gallery, chair, turning, maple, shaker, varnish

Comments (1)

Heydemann Heydemann writes: Revenge, indeed! :). Beautiful work, Charles.
Posted: 1:35 pm on September 12th

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