Chair. Saturday , January 06th , 2018 - 16:00:30 PM
In my opinion, the second break-point in cabinet-making history is around 1835, when there were numerous changes in the styles of furniture influenced by many great designers. It was also the beginning of modern industrialisation, with the introduction of steam engines for power in the workshop, rather than horse-driven tread mills. This new technology drove a network of geared flat drive belts to give variations of speed used for rotating and band saws, and planers and lathes for cutting, planing, and turning timber for furniture manufacture.
The 1890s led to another major change in both style and design. The quality of timber available for furniture manufacture was by no means good compared to the timber used half a century earlier, but we were smarter now and knew how to make things stronger, quicker and even less expensive than before. However, this was done at the expense of hand carving, crisp, tight turnings and to the cherished designs of the past. Unfortunately this is progress; otherwise we would still be in the dark ages with clubs and caves. The style of the period was square, with turnings, machine-carved decoration, and pressings, and designed for mass-production, losing much of the character and finesse for which the earlier cedar chairs were renowned.
In essence, your church as the customer, is providing your own fabric to the chair manufacturer. The manufacturer will let your church know how many yards of fabric they need per chair. If there are design patterns in the fabric your church has chosen, that amount of yardage may increase to allow the chairs to all be manufactured with the same "repeats" on your chairs. There are a great number of very attractive and unique fabrics available from these fabric mills, but again, be prepared for extra cost and far longer lead times if you choose the COM route for your church.
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