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Middle class people made them for far less with far less when they hit their prime. I'm just trying to give you hope and motivation... but I can keep it all for myself as a middle class person that loves a challenge.
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Middle class people made them for far less with far less when they hit their prime. I'm just trying to give you hope and motivation... but I can keep it all for myself as a middle class person that loves a challenge.
I know you are right when you say they built them with with far less than most of us have today. We're talking hand tools here. And that's what makes it so amazing. The old masters were artisans of their craft. But their shop people probably were far less than middle class. Maybe the shop owner/designer was middle class and as you say all serving the upper class. Probably making one of their very best for $35 per chair. But that was big money in those days.
And today, with all our neat power tools, it's a big challenge to reproduce these pieces.
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Chairs can have a very high difficulty level.
The Chippendale chairs I've always wanted to copy have a horseshoe shaped seat with clawed ball feet and a contoured back splat. These chairs are beautiful but actually over the top for someone like me. Too nice to go with the rest of our furnishings. But, I marvel at some of the early chair masters.
Ball and claw feet are not very difficult to do. I made my first set in high school shop. If that type chair won't go with your furnishings you might make a side table with feet like that.
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