A couple weeks ago I discovered a picture of Greg Pennington's chairmaking shop. The structure is a timberframed paradise of hand tool chairmaking. I can't imagine a more pleasant place to work. Greg's shop is, I would venture to say, the dream shop we all fantasize about.
Then I noticed way at the back, past all the chairs in progress and the shave horses, his workbench. It was a Split Top Roubo. Gosh, that felt good.
So I did something we never do here. I asked Greg about his shop and the bench. I solicited a response, so take his comments with a grain of salt of you like. But Greg has nothing to prove. His chair work is outstanding, and anyone who gets to help Pete Galbert teach at Kelly Mehler's school is automatically tops in my book.
Here's what Greg had to say.
Thanks for the kind words. Of course you can use the picture. That bench has been the best addition to the shop. I actually have a former chair student coming back this winter to make this bench.
Great to hear from you, Greg."
And finally, please enjoy the pic of Greg's shop (make sure you click on it to enlarge it.)