Glastonbury Chair

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Project by RusticJoy posted 06-24-2008 03:46 PM 6089 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my Glastonbury chair that I guilt for a friend of mine. I have one more to make her before I ship them off to her. I dont think it is to bad for only haveing 2X4s and 1X6s

-- Dave Wert, U.S. Army

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#1 posted 06-24-2008 03:59 PM

very nice!!! but what is a Glastonbury chair? it looks like it folds up? how did you do the carving?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 06-24-2008 04:12 PM

Very cool chair! I never heard of Glastonbury – but I’m reading up on it at – Thanks!

-- John - Central PA -

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#3 posted 06-24-2008 04:12 PM

A Glastonbury chair is a chair that was made for the Bishop of Glastonbury in England. It brakes down into small parts so its easy to transport. The carving was roughed out with the router and then finished by hand. if you would like to see the original Glastonbury chair here is a link.

-- Dave Wert, U.S. Army

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#4 posted 06-24-2008 04:21 PM

Your craftsmanship is nice and tight. Your shop is a bit spartan and your work impresses me that much more.

True to the military mindset you adapt to your situation and make. In the civilian world, this a concept that seems to be lost on many. The ability to be flexible, creative, think outside the box, and be a true problem solver is a skill that most do not possess. This is the edge that you will have on others.

I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future. Stay in touch with LJ, it is a great group of guys (and gals) that will help you in many ways.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 06-24-2008 04:31 PM

When you get out and about, take note of the architecture and design dialect of the areas that you travel. If you can take pictures. Make a visual library for reference. This will help you mature in your design ideas.

Take note of the design elements that define it’s style. Note the balance and proportions and how they may differ from what we are used to seeing in the states.

Most of my ideas anymore come from architecture and art, not necessarily from woodworking sources. You have an opportunity that many of us do not to take study these things from another part of the world.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 06-24-2008 04:37 PM

This is really cool. You have brought a piece back from the dead. I have never heard of this chair before. Does it fold? Oh I see it breaks down. Gotcha.

If you take Clippinger’s advice about learning from the local architecture, I am curious if you will find that the Asian work does or does not conform to the golden ratio as the Greek building do?

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#7 posted 06-24-2008 06:05 PM

Great work…. I have been thinking of taking one of these chairs on. Looks really good a major plus to anyones period encampment

-- Hrolfr

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#8 posted 06-25-2008 06:14 AM

wow…thanks for the link…and the explanation…very nice, once again!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 06-25-2008 09:02 AM

Great work for being in what is probably close to a spartan setting there. I was stationed in Germany but the great thing about being overseas anywhere is, no matter where you go, there is history all around you. The cradle of civilization. You see it in the people, and in the architecture. I had a friend in Korea, thats no picnic. Great project with what you had to work with. And thanks for standing on that wall. You’re in my prayers.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 06-26-2008 05:18 PM

This is cool. I love the medieval stuff. Thanks for the link.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#11 posted 06-29-2008 04:42 AM

Great work!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#12 posted 08-02-2008 11:47 AM

very nice,Great work!

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#13 posted 12-02-2008 05:09 AM

Great job Dave. I was in your area in 66 (Nam) and I really enjoyed my time there. It made me grow up real quick and realize what was really important. Keep up the good work. Looking forword to your future projects.

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#14 posted 03-03-2015 03:52 AM

Glastonbury chairs are popular in re-enactment groups because they take apart and store flat. That’s an pretty nice build there.

-- -Steven Peck,

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