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Corona Plumosa by Nancy R. Hiller will be included in the Indiana State Museum's studio furniture exhibition, scheduled to run from October 2013 through June 2014. Using a blind jury process, Professor Wendy Maruyama of San Diego State University selected 23 outstanding examples of functional studio pieces by Indiana artists in traditional and contemporary designs.
The Highland Woodworker’s first Moment with a Master of the 2013 season features 2008 SAPFM Cartouche award recipient Alf Sharp. Find out how Alf’s fascination with the centerfold of a British secretary attracted him to furniture making. Learn more as we visit with Alf in his Tennessee home and shop on the next Highland Woodworke, available after February 23 at Highland Woodworker.
Mary May describes how to carve foliage on a spindle in an article in Popular Woodworking. "Carving an Acanthus Leaf on a Turned Post" is in the October 2012 issue.
Nancy Hiller has an article in the September/October issue of Fine Woodworking (#228), "Arts & Crafts With an English Accent" The article details the making of a writing desk that she designed based on original circa-1903 drawings of washstands produced by the Harris Lebus furniture company of London. Nancy found copies of the plans at the Geffrye Museum in Hackney and obtained scans of the original drawings through the National Archives.
Freddy Roman shows how to quickly plot an ellipse using simple geometry in the August 2012 Popular Woodworking.
Charles Bender explains three variations of the trifid carved foot prevalent in Philadelphia in the August 2012 Popular Woodworking.
In the July/Aug 2012 issue of Fine Woodworking, Alan Turner describes how to make crosscut sleds for the table saw to accommodate a variety of cutting applications.
W. Mickey Callahan shows how he uses an overarm jig at the router table to produce curved mouldings with complex profiles. His article appears in the July/Aug 2012 issue of Fine Woodworking.
Eight members of SAPFM have been selected into Early American Life Magazine's 2012 Directory of Traditional American Crafts. Their work and contact information appear in the August 2012 issue. Congratulations to Dennis Bork, Vincent Chicone, David Diaman, Benjamin C. Hobbs, Tony Kubalak, Bob Stevenson, Matthew Wolfe and Fred Chellis !
The Chairmaker Part III
4. The so called Grandfather Chairs are, at present, commonly manufactured as a large plain chair, and have cheeks in addition to arm rests and supports. The entire chair is upholstered. Its back is either stationary, or one can recline. In the latter case the back is either fastened at the seat and behind has a foot with which it can be supported, or has straps fastened to the posts. The last are called
"watch chairs" (Wachtstühle). To this type of chair also belongs the "Bercere."
It is a Grandfather Chair with a strong inclined back in front of which is fastened a stool (Tabourett) so that an invalid can place his feet on it.
5. The Revolving Chair (Drehstühl) and the Field Chair (Feldstühl) are not at all as common as the above. The Revolving Chair can turn on a base and the feet of the base commonly have castors. It is comfortable at a writing desk.
6. The daybed (Ruhebett) has recently gone out of fashion. It is similar to a sofa except that it has no back, but like the sofa it has short narrow sides at both ends. It is upholstered.
7. The settee (Canape) is a broad chair which seats two to four persons. It is, like the armchair, 15 or 16 inches high and receives on each broad side an armrest with support. It can be caned or upholstered.
8. The sofa is only 13 inches high, in the seat 5½ [inches], and above (in its upper frame) 7 to 7½ feet long. It receives on each narrow side an end piece, fig. XIX, e c and g c. It is always upholstered and in the end pieces lays a cushion.
9. Fashion has finally brought in a new kind of sofa that is called an Ottoman. They don't differ too much from the sofa except that the end pieces are rounded in their width to the outside and hollow in the inside. From these examples the manufacture of certain chairs should now be understood thoroughly, making the work of the chairmaker more comprehensible.