Every now and then someone does something for me that is so kind I am blown away. That happened during the September 20 C-arm class. Because of his line of work, I am not sure I should even tell you the guy’s name, so I will err on the side of caution. This student is in the military and recently had been in
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I mentioned the National Guard officer above. Major Mike Lipper is in the October 4 sack back class that is in session right now. He had recently returned from
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These last two classes, the September 20 C-arm and the October 4 sack back added to the Royal Orders. Sir Mike Raab was knighted in the 9/20 C-arm, becoming the 162nd Knight of Windsor. During the October 4 class His Grace Lyndon Gallagher was duked. Royal Orders watchers and the paparazzi that relentlessly pursue the members well know that a Duke of Windsor has taken every class and has then returned to teach a sack back class. His Grace Lyndon is the 22nd Duke of Windsors. Compare the number of Knights to the number of Dukes and you will see that the latter are truly are a small corps of elites. His Grace Lyndon set another milestone, in that he is the First Duke Errant. A member of the Orders Errant comes from afar. His Grace is from
The October 4 class was even more exciting in that His Grace Mike Borgeest returned to help teach that class. While already a Duke, and having already done his teaching requirement, His Grace Mike just wanted to spend some time with fellow chairmakers. Similarly, on Tuesday His Grace Jim White dropped by to help out. At that moment, four of 22 Dukes of Windsor were assembled at the same time and in the same place. Of course, His Grace Don Harper, our teacher, was the fourth. The event had to be recorded, so we took a picture of the four Dukes with their sovereign in front of our sign.
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As we do every advanced class, we had a Raising during the C-arm class. At that time, those students who had only taken sack back, and were thus only Entered Apprentice chairmakers, were raised to Master chairmaker. This ceremony is very solemn and fills the newly made Masters and the other attendees with awe. As I was conducting the ceremony some wags in the class began humming solemn background music as a spoof of me. It is hard enough to conduct this silly ceremony with a straight face. These guys kept cracking me up and dragged out the ceremony lots long that it normally takes. I should have remembered the old advice to actors; “Never work with kids, animals, or chairmakers.” You’ll always get upstaged. Of course kids and chairmakers is redundant.
We had another unusual occurrence in the October 4 sack back. Bob Vergette and Ken Whyte both came all the way to
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Speaking of Dukes of Windsor, we recently received this email from His Grace Ralph Quick and his consort Caron:
Greetings King Mike,
Caron wanted me to let you Guy’s know that we were contacted by the editor of This Old House magazine a couple of weeks ago. They are doing an article about the New York City Bow Back Side Chair and they said they checked several chairmakers’ web sites and that they really liked ours the best.
They said they wanted us to ship them one, if we had one available. We just finished one. I’m not real sure just why I decided to make that style, but it worked out since it was already painted and ready to ship. However, when I checked the shipping cost, I feared they might not want to use us, as shipping would be over $500.00 to send it to
Well Sir, tell every one we said hello and we hope to see you Guy’s soon.
Ralph, Caron & Windsor
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I recently yet another email from His Grace Ralph recommending this video as a less labor intensive way for chairmakers to spilt their logs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIhJnqyey8U
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Speaking of Royals Errant, we received this email from Sieur Vincent Lavarenne, First Knight of France. It is further proof that we are accomplishing our stated goal; for handmade Windsors to take over the world.
Last Sunday, with my Woodworking Association I took part to the “Fêtes des Associations” in Evry (Evry is a town 20 miles SE of Paris where the Association is located). I demonstrated putting together a Windsor Chair and I had the pleasure to find many people interested. Some found the chair really cute (women mainly, it was a child’s chair!) some guys said they had seen chairs like that in westerns (yes, and in “The Patriot” with Mel Gibson too, and in the books over here…) Some (men) asked how much I was selling it (I wasn’t). Many asked which were the woods; where I had learned that; and they browsed through my books and tools. That was quite successful, even though the main attraction at our stand always is our street organ: the guy who made it (and teaches to do so) has the kids turn the crank…Do you have a model of chair that makes music?
I will be speaking of that little chair at our next meeting on October 16th. In fact it’s the same chair I made for my grandson two years ago, but the chair and the child are in Lyon and happy together as you can see. As I wanted a chair to show off, I just made another one ( faster and more enjoyable each time:
I am teaching a sharpening class on November 20th at our Association’s workshop. I just asked the editor at the magazine Le Bouvet to advertise it at the end of my article (it should be published at the end of this month). In fact the class is almost full up yet, but it is such a pleasure to refuse more people… The guy who used to teach woodcarving and classical sharpening will be helping me ( He ’s a nice guy, but I believe he is also interested in the method).
I hope that all of you are well at the WI .
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Dave Rossano and his chairmaking were the subject of an article in East Hampton (NY) Star. Dave is making chair professionally and this article will certainly give him a boost.
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