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Thanks for the advice, Paige- you're right on. I didn't have room to show or say it in the post, but I did actually start in the center on the front and back and work my way out. Even so, it was still a challenge to keep the fabric even... I think some of the trick to getting it right must be a combination of experience and muscle memory. My hat is off to the real pros out there!
Thanks for the comments- the upholstery work gets a little better each time I do it... it's certainly not for the faint of heart!
saschafer- I actually bought the horsehair for this project from a furniture maker friend, but a web search for "traditional upholstery supplies" brought up several online stores who carry it.
Also, the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) is a great resource for traditional work. A quick search of their forum should turn up a wealth of info.
Brian: You are very right about useful art- it's neat to hear about the Scandinavian word for functional beauty- I guess the concept has been around a while! There is something very peaceful about simple designs that work well, and usually when I'm in the workshop, I try to make things that are both functional and pleasing to the eye.
My congrats, Meredith and Will on your accomplishments!
I'm usually a "half full" guy, but that's beside the point. Even after it's all gone, the cabinet stands steady after I'm not anymore... But seriously, folks... I've got a nice bottle on reserve and am planning a little celebration when the finish is on and it's completed. Pictures soon.
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