Free Chapter of ‘Chairmaker’s Notebook’


If you are on the fence about ordering Peter Galbert’s “Chairmaker’s Notebook,” here is a nice sample of the book: Chapter 19 on carving the seat of a Windsor chair.

As Peter points out in the book, one of the coolest and somewhat mysterious parts of building a Windsor is carving the seat. The tools and processes seem foreign – it’s almost like sculpture.

As you’ll see in this chapter, it is a straightforward process with discrete steps. And it’s something you can wrap your head around thanks to the Peter’s drawings and the details.

You can download a pdf of the chapter using the following link. You don’t have to “register” or do anything silly. Just click the link and the chapter will begin downloading to your computer.


Chairmaker’s Notebook” is available in the Lost Art Press store in both digital and hardcover formats. Domestic customers receive free shipping if they order before March 20, 2015, which is the day the book will ship from the printer.

Also, the following retailers have indicated they will stock “Chairmaker’s Notebook:” Lee Valley Tools, Tools for Working Wood, Highland Woodworking, Henry Eckert Fine Tools in Australia and Classic Hand Tools in the UK. Links to our retailers can be found here.

— Christopher Schwarz

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Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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18 Responses to Free Chapter of ‘Chairmaker’s Notebook’

  1. Not on the fence at all…just waiting on the funds. The illustration is out of this world.

  2. Dave Reedy says:

    Thanks Chris. Now I understand why you’ve been raving about this book.

  3. Bob Snyder says:

    That might actually make my intimidation level higher. I really would like to try this however. It looks very interesting.

  4. mctoons555 says:

    I too am just waiting until I have the funds. Thanks for providing this taste. I wish I would have had the book when I carved the seat for my shaving horse. I wanted something comfortable like a Windsor seat but the only clue I had was the episode of the Woodwright’s Shop where Elia Bizzari (not sure about the spelling, sorry if I mangled it) shows how to carve a seat. Mine came out OK and it is very comfortable, and it was a fun learning experience, but having access to this chapter back then would have made things a lot simpler and less stressful. Thanks for sharing. I am really looking forward to getting this book. The drawings alone are worth the cost.


  5. rnorman33 says:

    Looking forward to this book. Working on a shave horse now for this and some form of lathe. And of course a stockpile of wood and time.

  6. carpenterman says:

    I just fell of the fence.

    LAP is harder on the bank-account the the IRS. You know it wont end with this book. Then there is the price of all those tools needed to make those chairs, then the wood……

    Chair-making the final frontier of woodworking. At least for me. 🙂

  7. lblack2x4 says:

    Will lie nielson not be selling the book? It seems they would sell a lot of them.

  8. John Cawthorne says:

    Cannot wait to get my copy.

    Regards, John Cawthorne

  9. pauls49 says:

    Thanks for the free chapter. I”m sold. That’s better that the peek in the book one gets at Amazon. I have Drew Langsner’s “The Chairmaker’s Workshop” and was debating about Peter’s but I think they will complement each other. That may be a concern of L-N since they carry Drew’s books.

  10. beshriver says:

    I can’t wait until my copy gets here. And I signed up for a Windsor making class. I’m gonna get my froe on like it’s cool.

  11. abtuser says:

    No convincing here, already ordered.

  12. Nick Webb says:

    One for your errata I’m afraid Chris. p 250, first paragraph last sentence insert “as” between “such” and “the”. Unless it’s an American English thing.

  13. c54delzell says:

    Did I place an order for this? I’m not sure.

    Carey Delzell

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