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March 19, 2009

Chair Maker’s Bib

After seeing the recent 1923 Swedish film of the clog maker, chair maker and spoon maker, got me thinking about my list.  One of the craftsmen wore a leather bib apron, just at his chest and this reminded me that I needed to make another bib.  I am not sure what happened to the last one I made, but I need another one.

 Bib1

This is the best picture I could take of the bib in situ, I do apologize for the lack of focus.

I do a fair amount of hand work and am constantly using my chest to support my work and I need more protection than an apron.  My regular apron is from the waist down, I do have another that has a bib but it doesn’t offer enough protection.

Chair Maker's Bib

Bibs were traditionally worn by Chair Makers and was sort of a status symbol, as they were often decorated.  The depression in the middle is to receive the knob of a brace.  There are other countersunk holes to allow a brace with no knob to be used.  Now I need to make a dedicated brace for the bib.  The brace instead of a knob has a sharp point that is set into one of the holes on the bib.  Pressure can then be applied, distributing the force across the chest.

I will do a bit more decoration and embellishments.  I am also going to make a canvas and leather backing for the breastplate to keep the wood from abrading my clothing and adding a little padding.  This was one of those items that has been on the list for a while.  For now the list seems to be getting shorter, well except the dedicated brace.

Stephen

 

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