Backwoods Chairmakers

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In Search of the Appalachian Ladderback Chairmaker

By Andrew D. Glenn

For more than 200 years, chairmakers in Appalachia built ladderbacks to sell to neighbors and the occasional tourist. It was a tradition that was handed down through generations. But with the rise of furniture factories and mechanisation, woodworker Andy D. Glenn wondered if there were any traditional chairmakers left.

So he set off into the mountains with a camera and a tape recorder. There, he found many still working the craft – some by hand, and others who have added machines to their workshops.

Part travelogue, part profile and part how-to, ''Backwoods Chairmakers'' explores the tradition of this enduring form. Glenn takes you inside the shops of more than 20 makers, with photos and personal interviews about their lives and techniques.

Then, Glenn shows you how to make a post and rung side chair and rocking chair using the traditional techniques explored in the book.

This is a massive book: 8.5'' x 11'', hardbound and 304 pages. It is printed on #70 matte coated paper. Its signatures are sewn and secured with fibre tape. All that is wrapped in heavy cotton covered boards and a tear resistant dust jacket.

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