Short film: Chair making in the Margaree Valley, Nova Scotia

I stumbled upon this short film today and I am confident you will enjoy watching it (perhaps with one reservation which I'll explain below). It was created in Canada in 1959 and was titled " The Chairmaker and the Boys".

It tells the story of Duncan and his grandfather as they build a chair and a toy boat. Though the film is fictional, the technical aspect of the water-propelled woodworking mill, the way the chair is made, and the narrator's explanation of the how and why it is made that way are accurate and captivating. The fim has an intended didactic purpose: to emphasise the importance of safety over playfulness. In short, the boys gets into trouble and grandpa saves the day. Once everything is under control he administers, as expected fifty years ago, corporal punishment using a part of the chair.

 

The Chairmaker and the BoysbyONFB, National Film Board of Canada

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Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.