Captain's Table

Mark Austen

One of the more popular medieval chairs for re-enactors is the Glastonbury Chair mainly because it is easy to make, possibly authentic and looks good. They are quite comfortable to sit in.

However, buying one is expensive, around £250 for one in light oak and this, although a reasonable price, is generally too much for the average re-enactor, including us.

Also oak is heavy, the "light" in light oak refers to the colour not the weight, and one thing a re-enactor hates is heavy items as they have to be carried out of storage and into the car at home, then out of the car and into the tent at the event and when the event is over, all the way back again. Re-enactor furniture needs to be light in weight.

I'm a relatively competent carpenter and plans exist on the Internet for Glastonbury Chairs, so I decided to have a go.

The plans I used may be found at Glastonbury Chair Plans.

Basically you turn a pile of wood

and a some plywood into this:

The pictures above are of three chairs that I have made, two for ourselves, they're the ones with Sean Suffolk and his girlfriend Lillian sitting on them, the other was commissioned for a friend, yes we do take orders, and is a little wider than the standard chair.

When dismantled the chair looks like this:

and packs up into this:

We decided to paint our chairs using a grey or white primer/undercoat and a water-based eggshell top-coat which we purchased from our local hardware store, Merlin Mica Hardware.

Which give a fairly respectable finish.