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Very nice, Stewart! You have to be good to make chairs. Nice work!
 

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wow theres some real craftmenship there . well done
 

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Really nice, Stewart. How long would it typically take you to carve that seat with the travisher?
 

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Beautiful work, Stewart. You are most definitely a complete woodworker.!
 

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Nice work!!! I make chairs as well and noticed your travisher in the photo, did you make it yourself? I use basswood or pine for making seats out of, how is sycamore for seat carving?
 

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Great job. I like the chairs.
 

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Nice work Stewart - they look comfy!
 

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Stewart i think you came out of the womb with a built in sense of ergonomics about furniture and people. Those look great!
 

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Thanks fellow craftsmen for your glowing comments. The travisher is really a most pleasurable way of shaping the seat. I did once try an adze, but struggled with it. I haven't timed the job, Tom but I suppose it took less than an hour for these small ones in ash.

biff_kpv - The travisher is a hand made one but not by me. A South Yorkshire chair maker, Tom Thackray makes them. See http://www.mikeruane.com/tomthackray/ . The sycamore carved out really well. I used that because there was a suitable piece lying around. Traditionally, elm would be used but of course, that's much tougher with its irregular grain.
 

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It looks like that travisher has served you well. I got mine along with a compass plane at http://www.crownplane.com and it has served me very well. Thanks for letting me know.
 
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