‘Chairmaker’s Notebook:’ Reviews and an Update on Plans


There have been several glowing reviews of Peter Galbert’s “Chairmaker’s Notebook,” but because of other book projects I haven’t had time to compile them for the blog.

Here are a few that I like:

One from carver David Fisher.

A second from chairmaker Ray Schwanenberger.

And a third from J. Norman Reid at Highland Woodworking.

We don’t solicit reviews, so these are the real deal. The most gratifying part of the reviews is that people are becoming aware that “Chairmaker’s Notebook” isn’t about chairs alone. It’s a deep dive into the world of high craftsmanship that starts with a simple walk through the woods.

In other chairmaking news, Peter and I are in the final stages of proofing the full-size plans for the two chairs featured in the book. These plans will likely be printed on one huge sheet of engineering-weight paper and be reasonably priced – about $25 to $28, if our supplier can deliver the quality we want.

More news on the plans is forthcoming later this week.

— Christopher Schwarz

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3 Responses to ‘Chairmaker’s Notebook:’ Reviews and an Update on Plans

  1. toolnut says:

    Congrats on the reviews. It is a great read so far (only on chapt. 4). If these are a hit, might I suggest completing the trilogy with plans for his Continuous Arm Chair? It would fill in some questions I have from chapt 3 concerning design variations.

    (If I asked this previously please forgive me, I really am having problems with my memory and it scares the crap out of me.)

  2. John Koten says:

    I haven’t finished reading it, either. But the quality of this production–a better word that book in this case–is beyond compare. Wonderfully directed, written, illustrated, edited. If you are the kind of person who buys woodworking books and considering another purchase: move this one right to the top of the list. I have ordered extra to give to friends.

  3. turdfighter says:

    The book is everything I thought it would be.

    Great job guys!

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