Category Archives: tools

Real Men Spit Tacks

Real men upholsterers spit tacks. After all these years, it still creeps me out a bit — I see his cheeks bulge a specific way while he is having a conversation with me and I’ll peer at him as if … Continue reading

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The Sketchpack Project: MPF Conservation Tools

ABOUT SKETCHPACK: The project began in 2011. The original idea was to get folks to draw daily. The Sketchpack is a small zigzag journal with two usable sides, allowing one to sketch on both sides of 15 ‘pages’ to complete … Continue reading

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Process: Gustav Stickley Ladderback Chair Excavation

We are continuing on in our process on the Gustav Stickley Ladderback Armchair. Chair before disassembly. To disassemble or excavate the upholstery we begin with the historic decorative nails.  Mitchell created a handy hand-tool for getting under the historic nails … Continue reading

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My “Business” Sketchbook: Webbing Stretchers

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Originally posted on D.Katie Powell Art:
My commitment to documenting the upholstery studio is ongoing; Palma Rea’s challenge prompted this watercolor sketch. I said no more challenges but her list is too much fun. I chose Mitchell’s webbing stretchers…

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