I have been making furniture for 40 years. For me it remains a hobby and not a business. I am primarily interested in American period furniture from the mid to late 1700's as well as the work of the Shakers. Hand tools are used extensively in creating these pieces.
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Queen Anne side chair, circa 1740, Massachusetts. In cherry and made almost entirely with hand tools due to the many curves and compound angles of the various components. The slip seat is upholstered using period methods, a joined frame, jute webbing and various components under the upholstery. Finished in amber shellac.
A chandelier in my kitchen. The wood core is painted pine, the arms, pans and other parts are chemically blackened steel. The power cord snakes through the hollow hook fastening the light to the ceiling.
This piece is a near copy of a 1780's linen press at MESDA in Salem, NC. It doubles as a media cupboard so I used full height doors on the lower case. A drawer hides behind the doors and contains CDs. The upper part houses the TV and DVD player behind the tombstone doors, the lower a stereo and speakers.
I used dovetailed bracket feet rather than the original's ogee bracket feet. The feet support a plinth on which the case rests. The finish is aged milk paint, red over black followed by a darkened oil topcoat.
A slightly different version of the comb back arm chair shown below on this blog. I modified the leg turnings, the arm posts and the rake and splay angles of the legs and arms. The color is Real Milk Paint's deep Windsor green over red over Behlen's American walnut NGR stain. The top coat is 3 coats of Watco light walnut danish oil.
Inspired by a Lincoln county piece featured in Howard Pain's book. The width was modified to suit a smaller dining room. The piece sits on a plinth base with fully dovetailed corners. The upper doors feature true divided lights. Finished in milk paint and linseed oil.