Curtis Buchanan has been pretty busy in the last year. If you are a windsor chairmaker then you may already know much of this. Curtis started making a series of Youtube videos back in 2011 on making a comb back windsor arm chair. I happened to get connected with him to draw up the technical plans for that chair so that he could make them available. It was a long process as I am not a professional illustrator. It was done in my spare time – so you can image the improvements that could be made to the process. I got quite busy after the first two plans were finished and it was at that point that we decided to find someone who could focus on the drawings full-time and bring professional illustrator skills to the table, as well. After filtering through a couple of illustrators we landed on Jeff Lefkowitz. He is a chairmaker and a former graphic designer. He’s a real gentleman to work with, too.
There are now four plans available – the comb back arm chair, continuous arm chair and rocker, fan back side chair and the hoop back side chair. You can check those out here. Most recently, the comb back arm chair has been updated to have 1:2 scale front and side views in addition to the patterns. It has been a pleasure to be a part of this project that brings such high quality plans to the general public.
You might also enjoy a few recent documentaries that have been made regarding Curtis’ work and life. This first one is from the PBS show “A Craftsman’s Legacy” entitled “The Chairmaker“. You’ll need to register to view this episode. It’s free and so far I haven’t received a single piece of spam. The other episodes are quite enjoyable as well.
Fine Woodworking also made a nice video here.