Monday, January 21, 2013

Solicited



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.

"Hi Jameel,
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.)
 
 
 
 
 



7 comments:

  1. Someday.

    (And, as long as I'm dreaming, it'll be next the trout stream in my back yard.)

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  2. Love looking at other shops. Thanks for poking him... and posting the pics.

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  3. PHOTOS are very eloquent, SAY MERAVILGIOSE. BUT HOW CAN YOU ENJOY THESE THINGS NO.

    MR PHILIP LAI

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  4. Jameel,

    I spent a week in Greg's shop a year ago building a comb-back rocker.. It's even more serene in person. Greg is an excellent teacher, and seems to be one of those guys that can just do things 10x faster than anyone else.

    What you don't see in this picture is the pole barn full of primo lumber that Greg mills himself with his woodmizer sawmill...


    - Matt

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