Evolution of a Chairmaker

I have begun producing digital content for woodworkers worldwide who cannot attend classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This COVID-19 video series will be accessible by all, provided for free for those who wish to continue their woodworking education during this time.

In our first video, I lecture on how I think about chair design and woodworking in the larger sense and where that thinking comes from.  I use three very different versions of ladderback chairs made over a 38-year career  to help explain why I work the way I do, why I design the way I do, and why I think all this is important.  I hope you and yours will enjoy the story and the information, and maybe even take inspiration to elevate your own efforts in the design arena.

Most of our videos will focus more on techniques I have developed over decades of furniture making.  Some of these will be great methods to adopt in your own shop.  Other methods might be less of a fit to how you are set up, but will help you think about how to improve what you do in your shop.

Due to our interest in getting this material out and available as soon as possible, we are shooting these with our own cameras and doing little editing.

These videos will form the framework for a longer-term interest in creating high quality instructional videos professionally filmed and made available for sale. We welcome your comments on how we are doing. If there is a particular technique you are interested in learning about from me, please let me know.  Your comments and requests will impact and improve the new content.

For those that want to support us in this effort while we spin off these quick and rough free videos, your contributions will be greatly appreciated. 

I hope you will join us in whatever capacity befits your situation.  All are welcome at the table!!

I wish you all the best in your woodworking exploration.  Stay healthy and creative!

10 thoughts on “Evolution of a Chairmaker”

  1. Thank you for doing this and I will give support. I’m aware of some webinars that you filmed — eg., on bandsaw techniques — and it would be great if you could make these accessible, be it for a fee or free.

    1. Thanks, Reg! We hope you enjoy the talk.
      We’re investigating how to get those webinars accessible, and we’ll announce that when we are able.

  2. I’m always interested in anything Brian does and always learn something. I purchased the webinars last year that he did and would definitely be interested in purchasing any future online classes he would like to offer. Keep up the good work!

  3. Great video really enjoyed it. It’s interesting to see where you started and all the thoughts you have put towards your designs. Will watch future videos for sure. Keep on the good work.

  4. Thank you for the brief evolution overview and the great introduction of the cio chair. The design and detail of your chair backs and seats are amazing. I would be really interested in hearing how you approach the design of chair arms. I have not found much discussion of that feature, and arms seem to vary a lot. My favorite to look at are the last generation of Maloof arms, but are they as comfortable as they are beautiful?

  5. What a wonderful gift you have given us. Thank you for sharing your history and processes. I look forward to more in the series.

  6. Jeff McCampbell

    This was like the first chapter to a book I want to read. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to where you will go from here.

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