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5-11 梯背搖椅贈卡特| Category : 5木工世界| 2006/10/28 22:39

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Russ Filbeck Meets President Jimmy Carter


On June 9, 2005, I had the great pleasure to meet and visit with President Jimmy Carter at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia.


A year earlier, as I was preparing to write a book about making ladder back chairs, I wrote a letter to Mr. Carter requesting an interview to discuss his ladder back chair making techniques. Over the years, I had seen several magazine articles about his furniture and chair making work and I wanted to include his work in my book. He agreed to the interview and in July, 2004, we spoke on the telephone.


When Mr. Carter answered the phone, he asked how I was doing. I answered that I was a little nervous speaking with someone that I held in such high esteem. He responded with "You would not be nervous if we were in the wood shop would you?" From that moment I felt like we were old friends discussing a mutual passion (this is true). Later, Mr. Carter agreed to write the Foreword to my book.

We discussed all aspects of chair making as well as the tools used to make the chairs. Mr. Carter mentioned that he had two or three spoke shaves which he used to shave the chair parts. I then described how I had modified the traditional style of wooden spoke shave to be more comfortable and more efficient. I asked Mr. Carter if he would like to have one of my spoke shaves. He said that he would appreciate getting one. I then decided that I wanted to make a rocking chair for him and I asked if he would prefer walnut or cherry wood. He thought for a moment and stated, “I would prefer cherry.” I made the spoke shave of cocobolo, a Central American rose wood, and used it to make the rocking chair.

As I was building the chair, my wife, Carol suggested that I also do something nice for Mrs. Carter. I made a five-box set of Shaker oval boxes for her (See photos below). I truly appreciate Carol’s suggestions and again, she was right!

 

I delivered the Carter chair to Atlanta, Georgia, on my annual trip to Berea, Kentucky. This annual trip is to harvest green (freshly cut) wood and hickory bark (used to weave the chair seat) for my chair making students at Palomar College. Each summer I cut and haul approximately 10,000 pounds of green walnut, cherry and oak lumber.

Mr. Carter certainly seemed pleased with the chair and Shaker boxes that I had made for him and Mrs. Carter. He made it all worthwhile for me when he stated, "This is going to be my personal chair and I'm taking it to my home in Plains, Georgia."

I sincerely appreciate Mr. Carter's support and encouragement in my chair making work.

Russ Filbeck

http://www.palomar.edu/woodworking/newhtml/filbeck_meets_carter.html

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