The "Harvard Chair" gets its first
authorized upgrade in over 75 years



We started with the old Nichols & Stone chair my father got me in 1955. It was bigger than I was.  Note the ridge along the seat front.   After machine planing, we use delicate band sanders to produce those elegant curves.  

You can see the difference.
More important, you feel the difference.

 A team of skilled craftsmen and women make each chair, one at a time. 


Every step is done by hand. The unique "Harvard Chair" cut-outs start with these band-sawed cuts.  

Voila! The "Harvard Chair" back.


The mahogany-toned arms are
cut out one at a time.



The arms are individually sanded.


Hardwood dowels become back spindles, stretchers, and sturdy legs.  Each is turned for decoration, and then
tapered to fit.


Now watch this!


The first operation uses the
left-hand wheel.


He flips it over (notice no contact at
this moment.)


He does the second operation on the right.  This takes practice!



Why tapered? The untapered Nichols & Stone leg has a "shelf" that can't fit snugly.  You can see it  on the dowel on the left.  

Worse, over time the un-snug fit can crack pieces right off the bottom.


The Lombard chair is not only more comfortable, those tapered legs make it stronger as well.


Each chair is assembled by hand.  

Craftsmen apply the finish and fine
gold decoration.

I'm Laurence McKinney, H '66, founder of I worked for Fender in '63, so I could have made Bonnie Raitt's guitar, but I'm even prouder that Harvard selected us to make the updated chair.  If I could make one American icon, you can trust me with another.

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