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Chair Making Process






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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