Balloon Back Chair With Dave Sawyer

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Project by stevo_wis posted 01-16-2014 03:53 AM 1967 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a chair that I and my friend Walt built in late 2010 with Dave Sawyer of East Calais Vermont. I am finally getting caught up on my photography. Dave is a treasure who has has taught many great chairmakers such as Curtis Buchanan, Pete Galbert, and many others. Dave has an engineering background and builds his chairs as an engineer would. Extremely tight tolerances, very light construction as well as a healthy dose of great woodworking, clever jigs, and a fair amount of geometry.
When we first talked with Dave he recommended coming to do his balloon back and to learn how to make a ‘very fine chair’ which is what we did. Also shown above is a clever rack for drying spindles, Dave at the horse, a miniature pitchfork, and the three of us.

-- Stevo

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#1 posted 01-16-2014 07:01 PM


That’s really a fine looking chair. It looks like you’ve mastered it!


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#2 posted 01-16-2014 08:03 PM

Beautiful chair with classic lines. I like the drying rack – must keep the spindles straight.

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#3 posted 01-17-2014 01:52 AM

Fantastic chair. Well done.

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#4 posted 01-21-2014 02:58 PM

Fine work on that wonderful classic chair, an heirloom piece for sure. Awesome pitchfork!

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