7 questions: Windsor chairmaker’s edition
We ask Bern Chandley, Greg Pennington, and Peter Galbert life's tough questions, such as "how many drawknives do you own?"
Bern Chandley hand-crafts Windsor chairs in Melbourne, Australia, using both traditional and modern techniques and devoting himself to the task of creating pieces of heirloom quality.
Greg Pennington makes Windsor chairs in Tennessee. He says the drawknife is “probably my favorite tool.”
Peter Galbert studied painting and photography in college, worked in cabinet shops in New York City in the 1990s, and eventually settled into Windsor chairmaking in the early 2000s. He makes them in his shop in New Hampshire.
All three are also teachers.
We had the opportunity to meet with them at Galbert’s shop and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ask them 7 questions:
Why Windsor chairs?
- Greg: Cool tools
- Bern: Assisted a class taught by Pete Galbert and “that was pretty much it”
- Peter: Fun to make
How many drawknives do you own?
- Bern: 7
- Peter: never enough
- Greg: 52-many
What is your favorite milk-paint color?
- Peter: Blues
- Greg: Green
- Bern: I hate milk paint
If you had to find another medium to work in, what would it be?
- Bern: Copper
- Greg: Oil paints
What’s your favorite Windsor chair to make?
- Greg: Sack-back
- Bern: Sack-back
What’s the most comfortable chair you’ve sat in?
- Greg: Curtis Buchanan’s comb-back rocker
- Bern: One of Pete’s rockers
- Peter: It depends on what time of day it is.
If you couldn’t make chairs would you still be a woodworker?
- Bern: I’d make bookcases
- Greg: Flat woodworking
- Peter: Painting