Staked High Stool & ‘The Anarchist’s Design Book’


After five prototypes, I’ve completed the first project for the expansion of “The Anarchist’s Design Book,” which should be out in 2018.

I now have to make a SketchUp drawing of the stool, which will take longer than building the stool from wood. After busting out a lot of staked chairs and stools this year, I’m able to build this stool in 3-1/2 hours, which includes finishing time.

The finish on the stool – a combination of “uzukuri” and “shou sugi ban” techniques I’ve been experimenting with for more than two years – also allows me to add an appendix to the design book on these processes and the tools involved.

I’m quite happy with this design. It’s simple, comfortable, inexpensive and easy.

I have to take a break from the projects for the expansion of “The Anarchist’s Design Book” to build a commission and write an article for Popular Woodworking Magazine. When I complete those projects, I’ll return to making a staked armchair, a staked settee and two boarded projects for the book.

The boarded projects include a nailed-together version of the Monticello bookcases I built in 2011 and a boarded English settee. This has long been on my list of projects to build. If you aren’t familiar with the form, check out this entry from

— Christopher Schwarz

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34 Responses to Staked High Stool & ‘The Anarchist’s Design Book’

  1. Theodore Sherman says:

    Please remove me from the list. I can’t unsubscribe via the unsubscribe button.


  2. wadeholloway says:

    Looks great Chris. What did you use to color the stool black. I really like the black and how you can still see the grain pattern. Really nice job, thanks for posting it.

  3. Farmer Greg says:

    I apologize if you addressed this question already, but will these new projects be in a revised edition of the ADB, or comprise a second book?

    • Hey Greg,

      Here’s what will happen: The new chapters will be added to the existing book (and the price likely will go up a few dollars). Anyone who bought the book (no matter where) will be able to download those new chapters for free.

      So if you bought the book, you won’t be punished for being an early adopter.

      Hope this makes sense.

  4. siavoshb2015 says:

    I was skeptical in the first few prototypes, but I really like this version. I think thinning out the legs were what did it for me. Can you post a side profile pictures, interested to see the angle of the seat a bit more.

  5. occasionalww says:

    Every time I look at the stool it seems as though the seat is pitched either toward the single leg or the pair, depending on the viewing angle. Is the seat level, or pitched to the front?

  6. When I googled “udukuri” I got back some results but many of them involved crafty neon paint and resin projects (neat, but not what I was looking for). I had better luck finding examples of work I was interested in after stumbling on an alternative spelling and searching for “uzukuri”.

  7. Dan Zehner says:

    Beautiful work as usual, Chris! I really like the finish. Not enough people are burning their furniture these days (well, not completed projects anyway). 🙂

  8. Hey Chris, I got your model taken care of on my lunch break. I may have had to eyeball a couple things. (sketchfab link)

  9. says:

    I photographed his one at the Lie-Nielson exhibit with Jim Ferrell. Is this also one of your. Jim took me to your shop and he had to drag me out of it. Your shop coupled with my love of photography, and fine woodworking presented a plethora of ideas at my feet. Thanks.


    Mike Woodward

  10. says:

    Dear Fall Guy,

    I photographed this, “Staked High Stool, “with Jim Ferrell at the Lie-Nielson Tool exhibit in March. Is it one of your?

    Jim took me to your shop which coupled with my love of photography, and fine woodworking presented a plethora of ideas at my feet. Thanks to you he had to drag me out and begrudgingly we were on our way.


    Mike Woodward

  11. fitz says:

    Do you still have pictures of that Melancolia square we torched…too much?

  12. Nick Webb says:

    That’s a settle rather than a settee – unless you’re planning on upholstering it.

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