Chair Maker John Surlis


Chair Maker John Surlis – No. 13

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Chair Maker John Surlis – No. 13

John Surlis’s skill as a chairmaker is inherited from his grandfather, a native of Co. Leitrim. Based in the little village of Monasteraden, Co. Sligo, we watch John making a traditional ash wood Leitrim Chair in the slab and stick method. He uses the ‘beetle’ or cleaver to split the rungs and legs, and shapes them using a drawknife sitting astride his Cooper’s Mare. As a versatile craftsman, John also makes traditional donkey straddles & Sugáns, or twisted straw ropes.     Made in 1980.

Commentary- Benedict Kiely; Music- Jolyon Jackson; Paddy Glacken & Matt Molloy;     Running time – 26 minutes Cookies Policy Our Website uses cookies to improve your experience. Please visit our Cookies Policy page for more information about cookies and how we use them.

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