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I create traditional and contemporary Windsor chairs. These chairs are characterized by their solid seat, which divides the undercarriage from the elements above.
By splitting and riving individual parts by hand from green wood, long grain wood fibers can be left unsevered for strength. For one thing, this process allows the spindles to be super thin and flexible, but plenty strong.
Additionally, without what is known as 'grain runout,' successful bends are more easily achieved. Every joint in the chair is drilled by eye and uses 'wet-dry' joinery that allows tenons to swell in their mortices to insure stability.
Aside from the top of the seat, which is eventually sanded, the chair is finished with hand tools. At least three coats of milk paint, and at least as many more of oil, contribute to a warm, well loved finish.