It is the new home for chairsbypaulson.com and jdpaulsonfurnituremakers.com
My new blog is at blackswampchairmaker.wordpress.com
Great Black Swamp
Great Black Swamp Map
I live in northwestern Ohio, in Wood County and south of Perrysburg, which was formerly known as the Great Black Swamp for the early settlers in the 1800s. It is in this setting where I make authentic handmade wooden chairs in the Shaker and Windsor tradition.
Carving a Chair Crest
My chairs are solidly built, one at a time in my shop, with attention to details. I build them like they were made over 200 years ago. I learned how to do this from the best chairmakers.
Philadelphia High Back Windsor Chair
I make Handmade Chairs for my family and upon request. Most of my Windsor chairs are painted black using the milk paint finishes that were so characteristic of Windsor chairs of the 1700s. This updated website provides a portfolio of my work as a Chairmaker and gives examples of other furniture and carvings I've done over the years.
Nevertheless, my hope is that you might love to own one of these chairs as much as I do making them.
One of my signatures as a Windsor and Shaker chairmaker is that I use many hand tools, especially spokeshaves. I stand with those woodworkers who appreciate the care and use of hand tools. I say this because in trained hands those tools help a chairmaker preserve a high standard of craftsmanship in reproduction furniture pieces. I utilize the traditional construction methods of these chairs so they are authentic reproductions right down to the tool marks and finish.
You might see me in period costume, as an artisan, at the Fort Meigs Historical Site in Perrysburg or another historical site demonstrating the making of a Windsor Chair. My wife, Barb, and I were honored last May to take part in the 200th Anniversary of the First Seige 1813-2013 at Fort Meigs. The event involved a major re-enactment of a War of 1812 battle and thousands of people turned out.