Now on DVD
Greenwoodworking announces the release of:
Make a Chair from a Tree, the video
Some chairmakers have reported difficulty reading the PDF file for the Chair Stick dimensions. If you are unable to read the file on the dvd, here is a link to the "suggested dimensions and devices". It contains the corrected dimension for the chair stick.
"Jennie (John) Alexander has been making post and rung chairs from green wood for over 35 years. During this period he has gradually evolved and refined his chair making process to what he presents in this video....
The importance of this video... is not just that he shows viewers how to make a handsome chair using only hand tools, but that he shares his extensive knowledge of working with green wood."
Frank White, Curator of Mechanical Arts, Old Sturbridge Villiage.
Jennie (John) Alexander's video is based on his book (of the same name) and the courses that he taught. Jennie taught Post and Rung chairmaking for 25 years at his shop in Baltimore and around the country. During that time he has refined and simplified the process. The construction of the chair incorporates wet and dry mortise and tenon joinery and interlocking joints that result in an elegant but simple chair that will last for years.
This two hour video takes the viewer through the entire chairmaking process, beginning with a log, then riving and shaving the posts, rungs and slats. You will see all of the techniques and methods needed to create a chair, including steam bending, horizontal boring and seat weaving. The entire chair is built using only hand tools and traditional techniques.
Included with the DVD is a PDF File with the construction dimensions and details of all the chair parts as well as related equipment, forms and jigs. This video is the next best thing to taking the class! It was produced by greenwoodworking, Anatol Polillo and ALP Productions.
The DVD costs $25 plus $3 shipping MD residents add $1.50 for tax. (now 6%)
Please make check or money order payable to: Jennie Alexander and include your mailing address, or use the PayPal link. Please allow 3 weeks for delivery. For delivery outside the US, Contact me before you use paypal!!
The DVD is NTSC, All Regions