Heirloom Handcrafts

Craftsmanship with future generations in mind

Baby arm-chair

What better gift for a one-year old than his own chair. So here on the bench is a scaled-down version of a staked arm-chair in the Welsh or Irish stick-chair tradition. With octagonal legs, tapered mortice and tenon joints, and a reinforced arm-bow, this little chair is designed to outlive the fortunate little guy who gets to sit in it. Next step: the legs will be wedged into the seat, and cut to their right length. The arm-bow needs to be reinforced with a “doubler” and then shaped. The spindles need to be turned .


Almost done. Some tweaking and final shaping before going to finish. Instead of cutting the tenons on the arm-bow flush, I decided to leave tactile buttons for little fingers to discover and explore.