Sacked by the "downturn", an unemployed architect touring the country in a bus...

I used to live in New York City. I designed homes for the tycoons of Wall Street; Park Avenue, Scarsdale, Greenwich. It was great fun. And, after years of saving up for a down payment, I was just about to buy my own little place in Fleetwood, half an hour north of the city, when the economy fell apart. Architects are like canaries in a coal mine when the economy slows, and true to form, there were massive layoffs in firms all over the country. Devastation of the profession. So, I decided to try to find something else to do for a while. I bought a 23' school bus and I'm on the road to see if I can figure out what that might be.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Progress on the Tall Chair

 My friend and shopmate Jeff Tiedeken took some pictures with his phone, of me working on the tall chair.  The whole frame is cut, shaped, and joints cut.  Tomorrow, I will make the foot rest which also serves to tie the legs together at the "ankles".  I will probably have it all glued together by Friday, and make the seat and back rest over the weekend.  1st chair: 3 months.  2nd chair: perhaps 8 days.  If I make multiples at the same time, I can probably do several per week, and can justify a helper.  Its starting to sound viable!  I have one more sample I want to make, from a beautiful piece of mahogany I got yesterday, and then I've got to start selling some chairs!

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