JOHN GAINES III SIDE CHAIR
Featuring carved surfaces and a rush seat.
SHOP OWNER: Gerald Mayberry
LOCATION: Kingsport, TN
This is a chair I reproduced using a plan from Norman Vandal's book on Queen Anne furniture. The chair is described there as a John Gaines III side chair, made in Ipswich, Massachusetts or Portsmouth, New Hampshire, c.1730-1740. I made two of these for our home and one for my daughter.
The chair is from hard maple and finished with black milk paint over a coat of red milk paint. I rubbed the black coat through at presumed wear spots to expose the red coat. Next, I sealed the milk paint with Minwax Antique Oil followed by paste wax.
I used Kraft paper rush to weave the seat. The chair is an interesting and challenging project that involves carving on the crest rail, the Spanish feet, and the faces of the upright stiles.. . . Gerry Mayberry
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