In the early 1800’s, as the pioneers crossed the Appalachian Mountains, among the many discoveries they made was the hickory sapling. This small diameter tree grew throughout the Midwest in groups of twenty to thirty, surrounded by much larger trees.
As the saplings struggled towards the sunlight above, they grew straight and tall – yet the diameter did not exceed two to three inches – even after twenty to thirty years of growth. If you’re pioneer without furniture, you soon realize that this amazing hardwood sapling made for ideal chair and table frames. – Excerpt from Old Hickory Furniture Co Website.
Brian was from Canada, found my website after searching for someone to restore his four historic Old Hickory chairs.
Rik was in need of restoring his canoe seats. How often do you see a canoe seat in this condition? It didn’t take much to put it back in perfect order and get Rik canoeing in style again.
A dream come true is to work on authentic antiques, especially if they are Shaker and rich with history. Harry brought his Mt. Lebanon rocker to me for bottoming restoration. The very special part of this project is that Harry’s chair still had its original seat on it. Although we knew we could not match the colors perfectly, it was important to leave the first seat in place and put the new seat on top. Pictured below are the steps that were taken to make this a usable masterpiece. Notice on this chair how the twill pattern goes in different directions on the top portion than it does on the seat. In our restoration process it is important to copy it as it was done on this chair.