Brian Boggs: The Chairmaker Evolves

From journeyman to elder, a craftsman redefines his role. By Matthew Teague Pages 38-44 The story of Brian Boggs’ first foray into building chairs has become almost mythical among furniture makers: Then a struggling artist in his early 20s who picked tobacco in the fall and did occasional carpentry, Brian stumbled across a copy...

End Grain: The Myth of Original Design

Consider yourself a midwife to creativity. By Brian Boggs Page: 64 From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy the issue now I have taught a number of classes on designing chairs and it’s always interesting to watch students’ creative processes. I like to keep my classes as fresh as I can for my own benefit...

Make a Revolution From a Tree

A curious attorney helped kick-start ‘green woodworking’ with a single chair and a book. by Christopher Schwarz page 50 Of all the unusual twists and turns in the life of Jennie (formerly John) Alexander, surely the most incredible has been to be pronounced dead in the media while being very much...

Spokeshaves

Learn how to choose and use these versatile shaping tools. By James Mursell Pages 50-53 As a Windsor chairmaker and spokeshave maker, I use a spokeshave more than any other tool. I have three: two straight shaves (large and small) and, for hollowing wood, the curved specialty shave called a travisher. My introduction to spokeshaves...

Great Woodshops: A Chairmaker’s Laboratory

With each new invention, Brian Boggs seeks to build a better chair. By Kara Gebhart Uhl Pages: 32-36 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now Initially, chairmaker Brian Boggs’s woodshop in Berea, Ky., holds no surprises. Strips of hickory bark are drying in the ceiling’s rafters. A man...

Ebonizing Wood

Achieve a deep, rich black using household ingredients plus some powder from a South American evergreen. By Brian Boggs Pages: 40-43 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now It’s hard to improve on the natural beauty of wood with all its various hues and grain patterns. For that...