Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #7: Marc Adams School, Day 6

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Blog entry by TungOil posted 10-15-2017 02:28 AM 3070 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today was the last day of class. Bob Lang covered several points on installing the ebony plugs and bars in the center back slat. Bob also did a detailed demonstration on techniques for doing the Greene & Greene style round overs, which have some nuance beyond simply running a quarter round bit over the exposed edges. Often the protruding corners on G&G furniture have an extra amount of rounding, almost giving the piece a worn appearance. It is s subtle detail that could go unnoticed if not pointed out.

Some of my class mates used the class made template to route the slots for the ebony bars in their back slat. I elected to pack up early and deal with the remaining work at home so I could get a head start on the 10 hour drive back to Pennsylvania.

Overall this was an awesome class. Bob did a great job bringing us through the fabrication and construction of the chair components and assembly process. His full size drawings and detailed instructions helped assure we were successful. Marc Adams runs a first class school. The facilities are well maintained with plenty of excellent equipment to work with. Even though we didn’t finish our chairs during the 6 days, I really didn’t expect that we would. There is simply too much work involved in a G&G piece to complete in such a short time frame.

Next step is to get started on the full set of twelve.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#1 posted 10-15-2017 05:01 AM

well tung I don’t envie what lies ahead making all those chairs I do envie all the experience you gained this week and will carry with you the rest of your sad for you ending this incredible journey you’ve takin us on and thank for taking the time time to do it my friend.take a rest and get back to work showing us what you’ve learned.thank you.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 10-15-2017 12:11 PM

Tung – Once again you’ve outdone yourself. Not only did you take up a very challenging and time consuming 6 day class but you also found time to give the rest of us daily posts (with pictures) that captured the pertinent concepts you were learning that day. I definitely want to go to a class like this one of these days after my youngest daughter gets out of HS (2 years).

I know Bob Lang lurks on LJ so I hope he sees your blog series on the table as well as the class, and ultimately the chairs. Sounds like it was a great class.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 10-16-2017 01:52 PM

Thanks for this thorough write up! I was out there during this time (in the marquetry class) and caught a few glimpses of the class while passing through, it’s great to see your detail and progress shots (and your excellent work). Can’t wait to see the finished product!

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#4 posted 10-16-2017 02:24 PM

It was an excellent class, I’m glad I spent the time to do it. I learned a lot and had fun talking woodworking with a bunch of very talented woodworkers as well.

doubletenon- I wanted to get back to see what the marquetry class was up to but never made it. Hope you enjoyed it as much I as I enjoyed the chair class!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#5 posted 10-16-2017 11:49 PM

Looks like you had a great class, learned some new things, and overall had fun!

I’ve enjoyed your blogs to date, and am looking forward to seeing the dynamic dozen once they’re ready for action!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 11-21-2017 04:32 PM

Thanks for the kind words and the blow-by-blow description of the class. It was a great group and as always MASW is a great place for me to teach, and a great place to take a class. I also know and recommend Darrell Peart’s and William Ng’s work and classes.

Next spring, I’ll be back at Marc Adams to teach a week-long class in building a reproduction of the Gus Stickley Poppy Table.

Registration for school alumni is open now, general registration open December 1. Information about this class is available on my website.


-- Bob Lang,

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