Items for Sale
contact me if you would like to discuss a commission for a particular
piece of furniture. In general, my interests are focused on Queen
Anne and Chippendale styles, as well as Shaker. I am happy to talk
with you regarding any design. I do not do built-in installations,
just free-standing furniture.
I am now offering two different pairs of bowsaw pins. The larger tapered pins are copies of the hardware from a 15" bowsaw with handles made by James Howarth, a Sheffield tool maker, sometime around 1835. The smaller pins are copied from a 6" coping saw sized bowsaw made by Melhuish of London, a tool maker from the 18th into the 20th centuries. These are designed to use pinless blades. Tapered pins are seen on many if not all antique bowsaws, but are no longer available. Bowsaws nowadays have straight sided pins. The advantage of tapered pins is that the handles lock into the bowsaw frame more tightly and are less likely to loosen during use and have the bowsaw frame rotate unexpectedly. Because of the taper, the fit into the frame will not loosen over time as well. The pins are $40 per pair,and $2 for shipping.
and I make these chairmaker’s travishers. The tools are made with
two different radii: 5” for the sharp curve of the back of the
seat, and 12” for the more gentle curves towards the front. These
can be purchased made from either walnut with a hornbeam wear plate
(left, $100 each) or a more artistically sculpted set made from
highly figured maple and with either ebony or rosewood for the
wearplate (right, $200 each or a set for $350).
Jigs and Pattern Sets
have had the opportunity to teach Windsor Chairmaking at John
C.Campbell Folk School (http://www.folkschool.org)
with Elia Bizzarri. For these classes, I have prepared a set of
templates for laying out the turnings and crest rails, and for laying
out the seat blank, with elevations. In addition, I have a boring jig
for holding the turnings while drilling the mortises forms.
set (specify fanback or double rod back birdcage)…………..…………
Jigs (fan back crest rail or birdcage upper and lower crest
buck is useful for holding molding plane blanks while shaping the
sole or cutting the mortise or sawing the throat. The blank is held
in place by wedges and spacers and allows one to quickly reposition
the blank during the shaping. This buck is based on a jig described
by Kenneth Roberts (Wooden Planes in 19th Century
America), from the Marples plane factory in Sheffield, England.
is my design for holding turned finials while hand carving them with
a flame pattern, for example. This design was inspired by a
wheelwright’s spokeshave vise, seen at Williamsburg, VA. One of
the to heads slides on a track, and the finial is held in tapered
holes. The finial is turned with a matching tapered tenon at both
ends. After the carving process is finished, the top tenon is turned
off, and the lower tenon is used to fit the fixture into the project.
Gauge. These gauges are useful for setting either plane blades
or chisels in Veritas or Ellipse type honing guides. Each gauge has
an inch and millimeter rule for setting the blade extension
accurately for re-honing tools. The left side of the gauge has a
fence for squaring the tool up in the honing guide. There are
horizontal lines scribed at 5 degree increments for estimating the
angle of the bevel (this is informational since the measured
extension is the critical value for recreating a bevel. The
underside has a ledger to hold the guide against the workbench.
Edwards Mountain Woodworks
57 Woodside Trail
Chapel Hill, NC 27517-6077