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Hi all,

I am amazed at the beauty of Chippendale, federal and what I call "fancy" chairs. I like the carved parts and the lightness of the design. I purchased a few books on making period "fancy" chairs and I wanted to ask my LJ friends how they got started making them.

If you've seen my website, you know I've tackled quite a range of projects over the years. But my interest in making period pieces like queen anne chairs is getting stronger by the day. I've been looking for a chair at antique stores so I could buy one and copy it. No luck so far. They must be in high demand needless to say.

The book that got me more interested was Ron Clarkson's "Making Classic Chairs," but I'm leaning toward some coaching rather than trying it on my own. Any recommendations? Eventually, I might opt for an intensive week long course, but that might have to wait.

Thanks,
Jim
 

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Well Rev, i have done a bunch of them there "fancy " chairs , Queen Anne , Chippendale, Windsor, so tell ya what , you show me what ya got in mind and if i can help I will , my first advise is dont get in a rush , and second buy good wood , either post here , or email me [email protected] , got a few patterns as well
 

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Thanks Charles. I'm actually leaning on doing a hipplewhite chair that I saw in Mike Dunbar's book entitled "Federal Furniture". I'd be interested if you have ideas/designs for hipplewhite chairs. Eventually, as a woodcarver I hope to learn how to make a cabriole and a claw and ball foot. But for now it seems that a hipplewhite chair with square legs and the carving on the back and crest would be plenty to tackle.

I also keep hearing that mahogany is the wood of choice for these reproductions. Any advice on a good sources for mahogany? Would walnut be a suitable alternative?

Again, I really appreciate your interest and helpfulness.
Jim
 
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