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Featured Windsor Chairmaker
Peter Galbert

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Peter Galbert, Windsor chairmaker
Peter Galbert started woodworking for support while attending the University of Illinois, studying painting and sculpture. After graduation, he continued to pursue furniture and cabinetry while living in New York City. He left his position at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in 2001 when he and his wife Sue moved to a rural area where he could more easily follow his interest in chairmaking.

Pete's interest in Windsor technology and style started with a love of hand tools. Tired of working for long periods with machines making cabinets, he started looking for a way to make his living in a quiet, small shop creating useful and beautiful objects from wood. He rented a small Manhattan shop, about 64 square feet and began to make Windsor chairs. The advances brought by countless craftsmen over hundreds of years and the intimacy of the process are the focus in his building, designing and teaching. Pete's goal is to continue and build upon the tradition of chairmaking in America.

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"Hardly a day goes by in my shop when I don't learn something. I like to think of my shop as a laboratory for finding elegant solutions to the problems posed by chairmaking. To me, chairmaking is about the interaction of the human form with the possibilities of wood as a material. I think the potential for exploration is endless. A chair must be beautiful from 360 degrees, durable, and comfortable, which is a perpetual challenge to both design and build."

Peter Galbert Windsor Chair

Pete now makes chairs, teaches chairmaking, and writes his 'Chair Notes' blog from his timberframe workshop in Bethel NY. Pete is also presently collaborating on a book with Curtis Buchanan. Besides teaching in his workshop, Pete has also lectured with David Sawyer and Curtis Buchanan at Colonial Williamsburg, and taught classes at the Penland School of Crafts, the John C. Campbell Folk School, and the Peter's Valley Craft Center. His one on one workshops are open to students of all levels.
Peter Galbert Windsor Chair
Most recently, Pete's attention has turned to the development and manufacture of a tool he invented for measuring while turning on the lathe. Frustrated with the time consuming and confusing array of calipers normally used to size turnings, Pete made the Galbert Caliper, which displays the actual size of a turning while it is being cut. The operator simply stops cutting when the desire diameter is reached and then moves onto the next diameter without changing tools or resetting a caliper. The Galbert Caliper is available through his web site.
Peter Galbert Caliper

Peter Galbert Caliper

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View more of Peter's work, purchase the caliper and visit his blog on his website: http://www.petergalbertchairmaker.com

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Peter Galbert Windsor Chair

Contact:
Peter Galbert, Chairmaker
20 Old Taylor Road
Jeffersonville, NY 12748
Phone: (845) 482-9318
Email: Peter@petergalbertchairmaker.com

Peter Galbert Windsor Chair

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