This master woodworker continues to learn and enhance skills.
SHOP OWNER: John McAlevey
LOCATION: Warren, ME
I started out making the three cherry and pine chairs inspired by the solid cherry Shaker chair (3rd from left) made in the 1950ís by Walker Weed for someone who had the original chairs made in Canterbury by Micajah Tucker. They are quite small but are found pictured around a dining table in Tim Rieman's Encyclopedia of Shaker Furniture. I kept one and gave two to grandchildren. It is really a sweet little chair.
Then I took a one-week course with Peter Galbert at CFC (the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, ME), where we made the blue chair. After the class I made the cherry chair to "sharpen" my skills.
Moving on, I made two milk painted bow backs. The bow and spindles are all rived out, which I found to be back-breaking work. We are using these at our dining table and they are very comfortable. Something about a pine seat just feels softer than a hardwood seat. The rived parts are red oak with maple legs.
I also made two of these counter-height chairs. The first one I made using a variety of woods. Oiled it and it has become my shop stool. The walnut one (pictured) was entered and rejected in the "Maine Wood" exhibit at CFC. The crest rail on this chair and on the early Micajah Tucker chair are bandsawn out.
. . . John McAlevey