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Structural Flaws of a Frank Lloyd Wright Dining Chair

Posted on August 3rd, by Andy Brownell in Design. No Comments

I don’t have any furniture projects going on right now, but that didn’t prevent me from stopping in to Midwest Woodworking at lunch today. Frank David called me up last week and let me know that a chair that they had repaired a few decades ago had made it’s way back in for another repair. He told me it was a custom designed original Frank Lloyd Wright dining chair that was designed specifically for the original home owner’s interior decor.

I’m not too familiar with Frank Lloyd Wright designs, but it has some of the characteristics of the rectangular angles and … Read More »


Jeff Miller’s Chair Design Class in Berea, KY

Posted on July 23rd, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Design, Gorilla Glue. No Comments

I took an afternoon off last Friday to go visit my friend Jeff Miller down in Berea, KY. Jeff had spend the last 8 days teaching two different classes at Kelly Mehler’s ¬†School of Woodworking in Berea, KY. His first was a weekend class on mortise and tenon joinery by hand, which included an ingenious (and controversial for some) little jig for cutting tenons with a handsaw that rivals the best multi-router or dado blade set-up.

This is one of several jigs, attachments and contraptions Jeff has devised over the years through his experience in making chairs, and the often complex … Read More »


Design Inspiration from Local Organic Forms

Posted on February 28th, by Andy Brownell in Design. No Comments

Cincinnati today was close to 60 degrees. This isn’t entirely unusual for this time of the year, but we have had quite a few days like that all month long. I know, you are probably thinking I just jinxed us entirely for the month of March, but either way you look at it the flowers are starting to bloom. In my mind, Spring is here.

I’ve been stuck in a 90 degree-rut as of late with a number of recent furniture projects that have lots of 90 degree angles. In fact the only deviations of that are the 8-degree slope of … Read More »