Yep. They’re Done.

Here they are. The long-awaited, much anticipated Mack Headley designed, Anthony Hay inspired set of chairs. These chairs finished both apprenticeships for Bill Pavlak and I- actually Bill finished his about two years ago. They were set aside to work on desks and several other projects, but were finally upholstered last month. They’ll be taken to the William Prentis store and offered for sale. So for the Holidays, if you’ve got family coming over and folding chairs won’t do…


The back takes its inspiration from side chairs made by Robert Walker, King George County, VA 1760-1775:


In the 1960’s, archeologists found on the Hay site a unique, bugle shaped foot. It was used on tables as well as chairs. Here’s our rendition:

Brian's Carving

So if you’re in town, stop by the Prentis store.

And the Hay shop.

We’d like to see you.


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9 Responses to Yep. They’re Done.

  1. Ryan McNabb says:

    Gorgeous. Mahogany or walnut? What was the finish?

  2. Warren F. says:

    Thanks posting these chairs, nice work. I have a question about the wax finish you mentioned, are those three ingredients (beeswax, Venice turpentine, and red oil) mixed in equal parts?

  3. Martin says:

    Curious what the price was set at, can you say here?

  4. Dave Reedy says:

    Wow, is the shop closed or is there nothing worth posting ?

    • No to both – obviously…

      Corporate changes have forced us to postpone our blog. We’re trying to come up with a solution to this. In the mean time, you may follow along with some of what’s up by following Historic Trades and Skills of Colonial Williamsburg on Facebook.

  5. Salko Safic says:

    A real darn shame that management interferes with the best and most informative woodworking blog out there. I sincerely hope that they come to their senses and allow posts to flow once more unhindered.

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