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My nod to seasonal festivities - a gloss green bar chair just for fun. You can see my chairs this weekend at the   @aldevalleyfestival   Christmas market. . . . .   #chairmaking     #chairmaker     #chair     #handmadechair     #barstool     #stool     #woodworking     #ballbackchair     #ballback     #suffolkchair     #suffolk     #lavenham     #woodwork     #handmade     #crafts     #kitchen     #kitchenfurniture     #kitchendesign     #craft     #madeinengland     #suffolkchairmakers     #gloss     #green     #joinery  


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Green with envy. . Thanks to Rob at   @churchandgooderham   for the brilliant paint job on 10 of these carver ball backs. .   #ballbackchair     #chair     #chairmaking     #chairmaker     #suffolkchair     #chairmaker     #suffolkchairmakers     #kitchenchairs     #diningchair     #diningchairs     #interiordesign     #kitchendesign     #shakerkitchen     #countryliving     #countrylife     #handmade     #madeinengland     #madeinsuffolk     #plainenglish  


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This week I finished 10 of these carver chairs. They've been taken to the painters to be painted in a gloss green. Looking forward to seeing them. . . .   #suffolk     #suffolkchairmakers     #suffolkchair     #ballbackchair     #interiordesign     #interiors     #kitchenchairs     #kitchenchair     #plainenglish     #diningchair     #handmade     #madeinengland     #madeinsuffolk     #woodworking     #woodworker     #chairmaker  


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It may feel like cheating but using the TS 55 to trim to size chair legs is the quickest and most accurate way I've found of creating a chair that doesn't wobble. Given the frame construction of the chairs, it's easy enough to lay the guide rail across back stile and front leg to trim both at the same time. . I first level the chair using plastic packers on a known flat surface (my table saw bed) and scribe a line around all the legs to make the chair seat sit at 18". . I also use the TS 55 to cut out my chair seats - with a sharp blade it requires minimal work to remove the blade marks prior to rounding the edges over. . . .   #chairmaking     #chairmaker     #chair     #suffolkchair     #suffolkchairmakers     #ballbackchair     #diningchair     #carverchair     #woodworking     #woodworker     #festool     #ts55     @festool  


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One glued up, 9 to go. I'll be making the arms for these next week now I've got some dimensions to work with. . . .   #chairmaking     #chairmaker     #woodworking     #chair     #suffolkchairmakers     #suffolkchair  


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By the end of this month I will have made 28 ball back chairs and stools since January. I go to sleep and wake up thinking about chair making. I'm sure I'm a bit of a bore to be around these days. . . . .   #chairmaking     #chairmaker     #chair     #suffolkchairmakers     #suffolkchair     #ballbackchair     #diaryofanobody  


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Cherry and elm looking golden in the afternoon sun. Managed to cloth line and fit 7 seats in a morning with the help of AB. Makes me wish I had someone helping me all the time! . . . .   #chairmaking     #chairmaker     #chair     #chairs     #interiordesign     #interiors     #furnituredesign     #kitchendecor     #kitchen     #diningchairs     #furniture     #oldfurniture     #modernfurniture     #woodworker     #woodworking     #woodbridge     #suffolkchairmakers     #suffolk     #suffolkchair     #handmade     #madeinengland     #madeinuk     #homegrown  


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I'd almost forgotten I had made this last year. The Mendlesham is still the finest windsor style out there. . . . .   #mendleshamchair     #throwbackthursday     #mendlesham     #chair     #bodger     #windsor     #windsorchair     #chairmaker     #chairmaking     #suffolkchair     #suffolkchairmakers     #chair     #suffolk  


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I've just finished a couple of bar stool Suffolk ball backs. Made from ash, they've been primed ready to be painted by the customer who will have them coordinating with her new kitchen. . . .   #chairmaking     #chairmaker     #suffolkchairmakers     #bodger     #suffolkchair     #suffolk     #chair     #ballbackchair     #ballback     #ash     #woodworking     #woodworker     #craft     #handmade     #madeinsuffolk     #interiors     #kitchen     #interiordesign     #barstool     #stool     #kitchendesign     #shakerkitchen     #englishfurniture     #furnituredesign     #furnituremaker     #furniture     #madeinengland  


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Fancied some colour this time. . . .   #chairmaking     #chairmaker     #suffolkchairmakers     #suffolk     #woodworking     #woodworker     #chalkpaint     #blue     #stool     #interiors     #suffolkchair     #suffolkchairs     #suffolkstool     #seating     #seat     #woodbridge     #bodger  


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Today I finished three of the Suffolk stools I was making last week. Two will go off to their new home later this week, and the third I've decided to do something new with... Scorching. Possibly my favourite way of finishing wood - I just wish the photos did it justice. .   #woodbridge     #suffolk     #suffolkballbackchairs     #suffolkchairmakers     #suffolkchair     #interiordesign     #interiors     #woodworker     #woodworking     #wood     #scorchedwood     #ash     #midcentury     #furnituredesign     #furnituremaker     #furniture     #kitchendesign     #kitchenfurniture     #kitchen     #barstools     #barstool     #stool     #highstool     #handmadefurniture     #handmade     #craft     #madeinengland     #essex     #norfolk  


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Gluing up some of my Suffolk stools, which for some reason reminds me of the container cranes at the Port of Felixstowe. . A batch of three, the stools are the first high version I've made. More pictures to follow. .   #furnituredesign     #furnituremaker     #furniture     #interiordesign     #interiors     #kitchen     #barstools     #woodworking     #suffolk     #suffolkchairmakers     #ash     #handmade     #handmadefurniture     #craft     #felixstowe     #portoffelixstowe  


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Coming to the end of the latest project, making a set of 4 Suffolk ball back carver chairs. Made from brown oak from   @suttontimberltd  . A bit more touching up to do on the finish and they'll be off to their owners to sit around an oak dining table. . .   #chairmaking     #chairmaker     #bodger     #bodging     #chairs     #chair     #furnituredesign     #furnituremaker     #brownoak     #woodworking     #handtool     #handtools     #handmadefurniture     #handmade     #interiordesign     #suffolkchairmakers     #suffolkballbackchairs     #ballbackchair     #carverchair     #armchair     #chairdesign     #interiors     #craft     #reigonalchair     #folkart     #folk     #englishfurniture     #madeinengland     #traditionalfurniture  


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Dry fitting of the arms and seats on a set of four Suffolk ball back carver chairs. The seat will be nailed in to place, as is customary in this type of chair, and the arm joints secured with concealed screws, which is also a typical. The charming thing about the ball back chair is that it combines 19c elegance with rural sturdiness, and unpretentious finishes such as cut nails driven through the seat, in plain sight. . It's funny to think that when these chairs were originally being made in the 1800s, the screws we're probably the most expensive component of the chair. .   #ballbackchair     #ballback     #suffolkchair     #suffolkchairmakers     #chair     #chairmaking     #suffolk     #oak     #furnituredesign     #furnituremaker     #carverchair     #woodbridge     #woodworking     #woodworker     #design  


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Seats for a set of six Sandlings chairs with red detail.   #chair     #chairmaking     #handmadefurniture     #suffolkchairmakers     #aldevalleyspringfestival  


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Open Studios : Jim Parsons chairmaking workshop. Jim makes beautiful handmade chairs to his own designs : the Wenhaston carver / armchair, the Sandling kitchen / sidechair and Cransford stool. Jim also works with The Suffolk Chair Collection on a selection of bespoke designs : The Akenfield in tribute to Ronald Blythe’s writing; The Hoo Comb Back; and Suffolk Ball Backs. Recent commissions through the Collection include a set of 14 Suffolk Ball Back side chairs. Illustrated : a painted settle based on the Wenhaston chair. All designs can be made to order. For more info : enquiries  @aldevalleyspringfestival  .co.uk   #aldevalleyspringfestival     #jimparsons     #bespokefurniture     #handmadechairs     #suffolkchairs     #suffolkballbackchairs     #thesuffolkchaircollection     #wenhastonchair     #sandlingchair     #akenfieldchair     #hoocombbackchair     #chairmakers     #suffolkchairmakers  


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One of the projects that the 2018 Alde Valley Spring Festival is supporting is The Mendlesham Chair Residency with luthier, instrument maker and furniture maker Otis Luxton. The Festival looks after The Suffolk Chair Collection - a design archive of original 19th C Suffolk Ball Back and Mendlesham chairs. Two Mendlesham chairs have been loaned from the collection to Otis and over the next four weeks he is using wood from the farm and local area to explore the design and construction of Mendlesham chairs in order to create a new contemporary version. The Residency workshop is open at weekends - alongside Open Studios of woodturner Jon Warnes and chairmaker Jim Parsons.   @mendleshamchair     #mendleshamchairs     #suffolkchairmakers     #englishregionalchairs     #ballbackchairs     #handmadechairs     #aldevalleyspringfestival  


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