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Curtis Buchanan – Chair Maker

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Curtis Buchanan makes chairs. I wanted to write about it because Curtis has very kindly posted 51 videos online, documenting the build of just one of his stunning Windsor comb-back chairs. The extraordinary time it takes to make one chair and the detail he lavishes on making every element fit correctly is a real education. Curtis’s Tennessee drawl and ‘matter-of-fact’ way of working is addictive viewing. I hope he does more of these tutorials.

Some screenshots from the videos below:
Curtis 1
Curtis 2
Curtis 3
Curtis 4
Curtis 5
Curtis 6
Curtis 7
Curtis 8

*UPDATE* Caleb James will soon have plans available for Curtis’s Continuous Arm Chair.

Doucette & Wolfe Practical techniques Youtube

Doucette & Wolfe on Youtube

If, like myself, you’re into cabinet making, then you’re probably already aware of the wonderful Youtube videos from the cabinet makers Doucette & Wolfe.
These guys are in a class of their own. I mean, it’s not even funny. The precision with which they build is a real inspiration. You can tell they really enjoy it!
Check out their videos (there are a lot of great ones, but click on the ones that mention ‘build’ in the title, as some videos only show the final piece).

A while ago I put up a post about using sash planes and got a lot of people mailing me about it. I think there’s a real interest in traditional window and door making at the moment, as is clearly evident by LAP’s latest re-print.
On a recent D&W video I watched, there’s a great bit 9:50 in, where the guy pushes together two glazing bars he’s made, with hand cut 4-way half lap mitres on. It’s a real nerdy treat and maybe sums up why we love the idea of crafting doors or windows in or on our houses.
I hope these guys never stop posting these videos. I’d love to drop by for real one day.