Gragg Video Update

After almost a year’s interruption Chris and I were able to synchronize our calendars and schedule the final three sessions for getting the raw video shot for the Gragg Chair video.  It will probably come as no shock to some of you that the timing of my Gragg Chair Challenge was coincident with this development.  I was able to use some of the work during the Challenge for the live filming also.  When calculating the hours for the Challenge I had to take into consideration the pace of work on the video versus the pace of work when I am by myself.

In this pre-penultimate session I spent all the time fitting the short seat slats, by far the largest segment for the entire project.  It takes me about 90-minutes per slat, or 9-10 hours for the six,  I do think that time will drop a bit as I get more familiar with exploiting the fishtail chisel even more aggressively.  I’m also thinking about changing to birch for the seat rails; tulip poplar is a bit too weak for all that short grain in between the slat pockets and the necessary caution slows me down quite a bit.

Two more sessions and all that will be left is for me to review every minute of the almost 40 hours of video we will have in the compewder, and instruct Chris on the edits, chyrons, and segmentations.

The distribution plan is evolving but at this point my desire is to have the project divided into 15-20 episodes (the exact segmentation will depend on my review of the raw files), and they would be available to purchasers at a rate of two per week.  Still noodling all that stuff.

Stay tuned.