"Life in Early Ohio" event on August 24-25, 2013, at Fort Meigs
I participated as costumed artisan re-enactor and demonstated turning Windsor chair parts with the spring pole lathe.
200th Anniversary of First Seige
at Ft. Meigs, Perrysburg 1813-2013, May 3-5
On Saturday May 4th, Barb and I were costumed re-enactors at the fort. I was doing primitive woodturning with the spring pole lathe and Barb was doing Scherenschnitte (artistic depictions with paper). It was neat to wear period costumes and to see our friends. I was turning some freshly split white oak which worked pretty well as stock for legs on Windsor chair stools. A friend graciously supplied me with some white oak so I could demonstrate turning on the spring pole lathe.
I'm turning legs for Windsor chair stools.
Articles about Rev. Jim Paulson's Windsor Chairs
An article about my Windsor chair making shop appeared in the July-September 2009 issue of Family News From LutheranCare, "From Our Home to Yours," on p.11.
In February 2010, Rev. Jim Paulson, dressed as a colonial artisan, demonstrated 18th century woodworking technology to second graders at Oppenheim Ephratah Central School, Oppenheim, New York
my homemade veneer saw
demonstrating a hand auger
Historic Fort Wayne
August 28, 2010 - Fort Miamies 1754-1763 event, Historic Fort Wayne, Indiana
Barb and I like to do demonstrations of woodworking and crafts. I demonstrated how windsor chair parts were made using sharp tools. Barb demonstrated the German paper cutting craft known as Scherenschnitte. We were located at the side of the blacksmith shop. Some of our work was on display. Here is the website for the fort: http://www.oldfortwayne.org
Chair making at Historic Fort Wayne
Sack Back Windsor chair and candle stand
Hicksville Elementary School
November 4, 2010. - Colonial Artisan visited with Second Graders at Hicksville Elementary School, Hicksville, Ohio.
I wore period clothing and demonstrated to second graders how various tools were used by a colonial artisan who made Windsor chairs. Siting on a shaving horse, I worked red oak stock into chair spindles in front of an interested group of students. What a joy it is to get kids interested in woodworking tools and making things!