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Chairmaker’s Journal is written by Jeff Lefkowitz, a craftsman and graphic designer who teaches woodworkers how to build Boggs-style chairs in his shop in Strasburg, Virginia. Jeff learned the art and craft of chairmaking from Brian Boggs and several other master chairmakers. Join him for an in-depth exploration of topics that will interest both chairmakers and woodworkers alike.

Guest Post: George Ingram

11 Aug 2013 / 0 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

Brian and Jeff Help Culminate a 20 Year Odyssey Some twenty years ago I made the Nakashima inspired table in the accompanying photo from a walnut tree from the mountains of Madison Country, Virginia. I then began looking for the right chairs. Finally, seven years ago I found Brian Boggs and his ladder back chair […]

Boggs Side Chair Build: Steam Bending, Part 1

06 Aug 2013 / 5 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

Steam bending is a wonderful, almost magical, way to make curved parts. In a matter of hours I can transform what looks like a completely unbendable rough board more than 2″ thick into a beautifully curved chair leg ready for final shaping. The process uses material efficiently, especially compared to cutting out the same shape […]

Boggs Side Chair Build: Preparing the Rear Legs for Bending

30 Jul 2013 / 0 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

Once I have all the rough blanks for the chair milled I am ready to prepare the rear legs for steam bending. As with most things in the process of building this chair there is more to it than simply cutting the parts to specific dimensions. You may recall when I milled the rough blanks […]

Boggs Side Chair Build: Milling Blank Parts, Part 2

23 Jul 2013 / 2 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

After milling the blanks for the rear legs I turn my attention to the slat blanks. For the best joint I use wood with quarter sawn grain. When assembled, the radial grain in the slat tenon will run parallel to the long grain in the leg which makes the mating parts of the joint as […]

Boggs Side Chair Build: Milling Blank Parts, Part 1

16 Jul 2013 / 5 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

Now that I have milled or located good chair wood it’s time to start building the chair. The first step is to mill the blank parts out of the sawn lumber. This is more than simply cutting parts to size. Each board is evaluated to determine it’s suitability for various parts. And each part is […]

Grain Orientation and Wood Movement, Part 2

08 Jul 2013 / 0 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

This week I’m taking a small detour from the Side Chair Build series to finish up my posts on grain orientation and wood movement. The principles of grain orientation and wood movement have a direct impact on milling part blanks from the larger board, which will be the subject of the next post in the […]

Boggs Side Chair Build: Logs and Lumber

03 Jul 2013 / 2 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

Building a Boggs side chair begins with selecting and milling a log. This approach puts you in control of the process all the way back to the log. If you do not have access to logs or a sawyer I will talk about alternatives at the end of this post. There are a variety of […]

Boggs Side Chair Build: Introduction

11 Jun 2013 / 2 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

Welcome to a new series of posts that will describe how to build a Boggs 3-slat post and rung side chair. Brian designed this chair to fit a human form as comfortably as possible and, if you build one, it will surely be one of the most comfortable wooden chairs you ever sit in. Although […]

Learn from a Master

13 Apr 2013 / 0 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

Greenwood Chair Class taught by Brian Boggs July 15–July 20, 2013 | Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC I took my first class with Brian Boggs in 2006. I was attracted to the class, as many people are, by Brian’s beautiful chair designs. It was my first experience making a ladderback chair—up until then I had […]

The Class Experience

14 Jan 2013 / 1 Comment / in Chairmaker's Journal

For any of you who are on the fence about taking one of my chairmaking classes, I have added a page (click here) to the class web pages with comments from some of my students. I recognize that taking a class like this can be a huge investment in tuition, lodging, and travel, not to […]

Chairmaker’s Journal is written by Jeff Lefkowitz, a craftsman and graphic designer who teaches woodworkers how to build Boggs-style chairs in his shop in Strasburg, Virginia. Jeff learned the art and craft of chairmaking from Brian Boggs and several other master chairmakers. Join him for an in-depth exploration of topics that will interest both chairmakers and woodworkers alike.