Friday, January 26, 2018

Danish Chairbuilding Extravaganza 2018, what to build.

There are approximately 9 months left before the third bi-annual DCBE is scheduled to take place.

While it is still a bit too soon to start clearing out the shop and make ready for the event, it is by no means too early to start contemplating on what we should build this time.

The first DCBE was aimed at Welsh stick chairs, and the second event saw all of us making Roorkhee chairs.

All making the same kind of chair gives a possibility to make some sort of stock ready, and it is easy to help each other on the way, since all have to do the same things.
The other approach, where only the general guideline is suggested, is interesting in another way, because there are so many different ways to do things, and it will be much more up to the individual participants, what they would like to build and how to do it.
We have also discussed the option of employing steam bending as a theme, so that we could all get bit of experience in that. Then it would be up to each person if they wanted to utilize that in their design.

I think that I will try to suggest that the DCBE 2018 will be an event in which each participant can build whatever he desires. As long as it is some sort of furniture aimed at being used for sitting on.
I will try to make some chair blanks etc. made ready, so that anyone wishing to make a Windsor or welsh stick chair can do that.

A rocking chair could be fun to make, either a classic model using rockers made out of wood, or experimenting with a renewal of the platform rocker design using springs.

Ever since I saw a picture of Ray Schwanenbergers immaculate sack back nanny rocker, I have wanted to build one.
We aren't planning on getting anymore children, and given the age of our own children, grand children are still a long long way out in the future. But that would potentially give me the time to complete the piece before it is needed.

So as you can see, there are still some things that aren't quite decided yet.

I am certain however, that we will organize the food the same way as we did last time, with a catering company, as that was a great help.
We will probably have to increase the intake of pastry by visiting the local bakery a bit more, but that shouldn't be a problem given that we all work very hard - so the extra energy is needed..

Pastries named after a famous Danish children's television frog (Kaj)
Picture courtesy of Toolerable.

18 comments:

  1. It sounds fun, I can hardly wait!

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    1. Neither can I.
      It is going to be a great event once more :-D
      And we will most definitely have to get some of the cinnamon swirls, they are the best in my opinion.

      Cheers
      Jonas

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  2. Who knew that a Danish danish could be portrayed as a French pastry?
    I learn something with each visit.

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    1. In Germany there is a pastry called an "Amerikaner." Who knew?

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    2. White bread is actually called French bread (franskbrød) in Danish.
      And the pastry is called Viennese pastry (Wienerbrød).

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    3. This blog is not only dedicated towards woodworking, but also to bringing obsolete knowledge regarding pastry to the masses of the world :-)

      Brgds
      Jonas

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  3. Jonas,

    Fun photo, I could use a donut this morning. Ain't going to happen because, but it sure would be good.

    ken

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    1. Danish danishes are the best!

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    2. Kenm I think that you would be better off with a donut.
      There isn't a lot of "meat" in one of those frog pastries. They are filled with a raspberry cream, and tend to be a bit too sweet for my taste.
      A cinnamon swirl on the other hand.. Those can keep you going for half a day.
      Brgds
      Jonas

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  4. Sounds like great fun. Is this an open event? In that case I would love to participate

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    1. Hi Ty

      Thanks for the interest. I think that the event is already overbooked, but I'll keep you in mind if one of the others can't make it.

      Brgds
      Jonas

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    2. Hi Jonas,
      Thank you for your reply and thank you for thinking of me in case of an open space!

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  5. So you guys are talking sept/oct? Do you have more specific dates? I've thought about trying to do something similar in my area with some local guys, I can see others might want to be satellite spin-offs as well.

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    1. Hi Jeremy

      Yup, the plan is to pull it of in week 39, From the 24th to the 28th September, with a wrapping up and leaving on Saturday the 29th
      It sounds like a great idea to make a spin-off, we had a ball last time, and I am sure you will too.

      Brgds
      Jonas


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    2. DCBI-I! The Danish Chair Building Extravaganza in Indiana!

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    3. I guess the next thing will be to register a .org domain for the DCBE, and then we need a world congress with attendees from all over the globe.

      I wouldn't be surprised if we outgrew the United Nations in popularity and size.



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    4. I'm thinking iDCBE@I
      International Danish Chair Building Extravaganza at Illinois.

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    5. That would make a cool looking log on a T-shirt!

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