Lately we’ve been pretty busy in the shop.  We’re working through a whole heap of stool orders and a pair of custom cabinets like you’ve never seen before (and you’ll have to wait until they’re done to see them).  Here are a few pics of stools in progress:

There are two Mahogany and Ash 24″ stools just assembled and glued.  A small forest of 18″ and 24″ is ready to be finish sanded and oiled, and a pile of stool and chair seats have just been carved and await outlining.

Order your set of stools or chairs today on our website!

This spring we had the opportunity to design and build a restaurant full of chairs and stools for local lobster entrepreneur Linda Bean’s new restaurant Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen and Topside Tavern at 88 Main Street in Freeport, ME.  If you are in the area shopping at LL Bean’s, go ahead and stop by the restaurant for the great food and experience the Cathance River Furniture that we made specifically for this restaurant.  What’s even better is that you can order your own set of Cathance River chairs or stools by visiting our website.

Enjoy the photos!

The folks over at CustomMade.com recently wrote a blog post on custom furniture for musicians.

They feature our 22″ Cathance River Stool, which was developed in collaboration with Jazz-guitarist Neil Lamb.  The stool features a slightly raised front stretcher, bringing the player’s knee to the proper height for playing in the classical style.

When you go over to their site to check out the post, be sure to take a look some of the other interesting pieces, especially the cellist’s chair.  And, feel free to leave them a comment on how much you like our Cathance River Stools.

You can always find our stools, chairs and other furniture on our homepage www.paulbainesfinewoodworking.com.

A Look Back

For the first post of our shop blog, we’re going to look back to what a nice time we had last year at Clearwater Festival. We built a number of our Cathance River Stools to sell at the festival.

One of the great privileges of our craft is in sharing what we love to do, with other artists and craftspeople. In particular, we often get to give something back to our favorite musicians for making such good music. On the last day of the festival, our friends Jay Ungar and Molly Mason stopped by to say hello and what do you know? They just happened to open their fiddle and mandolin cases and gave us a little taste of what they do best right there in our booth!

As they were packing up and starting to say goodbye, we asked if they would like to take a pair of our stools home, since they seemed to enjoy playing on them so much.  Just our way of expressing thanks for making such great music.

Jay and Molly with Paul and two Cathance River Stools.


To those who are familiar with Jay and Molly, Jay is known internationally for his fiddle playing, especially familiar is his waltz “Ashokan Farewell” used as the theme in Ken Burns’ 1990 documentary, The Civil War. Molly is known for her work with the Powdermilk Biscuit Band on A Prairie Home Companion as well as her work with Jay over the last 30 years or so. Together with Jay’s daughter Ruth, they’ve been a powerhouse musical family for a generation.

We also invited Sara Watkins to stop by our booth and pick out a stool. We enjoy her music so much that its the least we can do to give her something back. We received a nice thank you note from her as well as a copy of her self-titled solo album. Well, thank you Sara for making such beautiful music.

If you’re not familiar with Sara’s music, you may be familiar with her as the fiddle and voice of neo-bluegrass band Nickel Creek. Since Nickel Creek went on indefinite hiatus, Sara has been busy building a solo career with a busy touring schedule, appearances on A Prairie Home Companion, and recording a solo album produced by Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones. (The word on the street is she is in the running to be Garrison Keillor’s successor….) If you haven’t already, go check out Sara’s website or Facebook page and give her latest album a listen; you won’t be disappointed.

That’s all for now, check back soon for the latest shop news.