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Chair Making Process

 
 
 
 


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Step 1
Choosing the Wood

Your choice of wood widely determines how the final product will look. Some commonly used woods are: walnut, cherry and maple.

 

Step 2
Peeling Bark


Bark is peeled from the hickory log to weave the chair seat.

 

Step 3
Splitting Parts


Chair parts must be split from the log using a sledge hammer, wedges, a glut and froe.

 

Step 4
Shape Chair Parts


Using a shaving horse, the chair parts are shaped using draw knives and spoke shaves.

 


Step 5
Steaming and Bending

Home made steamer used in bending the back legs and slats. 



The back legs and slats are now steamed and bent into the shapes that fit the chair type.

  A great deal of pressure is required to bend the back legs

 


The Dominy Style Bending Form from the 1740's is also used to bend slats.

 

Step 6
Bent Lamination


Bent Lamination is used to bend the rockers into shape

 

Step 7
Weaving Hickory Bark Chair Seats

Seat Cushions Being Made


The seat cushion is filled with fine wood shavings and used between the upper and lower weave

 


Warp being wrapped on chair frame

 


Weft is being woven in a Herringbone pattern

 


Finished Seat
Clamps are applied to the side of the seat during the initial drying process.

 

 


 
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