Another New Chapter: The Boarded Settle Chair


I’ve just finished up designing the third new chapter for the expansion of “The Anarchist’s Design Book” on the boarded settle chair. (What is the deal with this expansion? Here’s an FAQ.)

Thanks to all the odd angles, this boarded chair is great fun to build and is surprisingly comfortable. And the lumber bill is only $55. It is an imposing piece of furniture, and the bold curves I cut on the sides only make it more eye-catching. To turn down the volume a bit, I painted the sides black, which allows the chair to recede a bit in a room.

This design is based on historical examples from Northern Wales and Northern England that I’ve seen in furniture books. Sometimes called “lambing chairs,” many of the originals are in pine.

Below is the link to download this chapter. Here are the usual caveats:

  • The writing is still a bit rough. Megan Fitzpatrick edited it today, but there might be a few typos we still need to clean up for the print edition.
  • The construction drawing is still crude. In the printed version there will be a nice copperplate etching from Briony Morrow-Cribbs in its place.
  • This chapter is intended for those who already own the current edition of “The Anarchist’s Design Book.” So this chapter is offered on the honor system. Those who download the chapter without owning the book will be forced to play dice with wombat poop (which is apparently square).

That’s it. Thanks to everyone who has bought the book, and I hope you are enjoying the new chapters. There are two (maybe three) more to go.

ADB-Boarded Settle Chair

Here are the other two chapters (in case you missed them).

Another Free Chapter and More Free Psychoses   

First New Chapter: Staked High Stool

I’ll be in the U.K. (Wales) and Germany for the next couple weeks, so I won’t be blogging as often. Kara and Meghan will pick up my slack.

— Christopher Schwarz   


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8 Responses to Another New Chapter: The Boarded Settle Chair

  1. jpassacantando says:

    Thanks for these chapters. They are wonderful additions to The Anarchist Design Book. I’ve printed them out, punched holes in them and put them in a three ring binder that accompanies my copy of The ADB. It’s very generous of Lost Art Press to treat its customers this way.



  2. nrhiller says:

    This is stunning in its simplicity and starkness, especially with the black and natural wood.


  3. wsgilliam says:

    “Here’s an FAQ”? I thought only acronyms that sound like vowels demand an “an”. Beautiful chair. Your chairs never cease to amaze.


  4. Brent says:

    My kids have a child sized rocker built this way from 1 by 12 pine boards that I bought at the D. I. Thrift store. Your design with the contrast of sharp corners and the big bold curves is much more manly and imposing than my kids’ rocker which is all curves with all the edges rounded over, and a heart cutout in the back. I like the look of your design, but is it comfortable to sit in a long time? Can you lounge in it?


  5. Abi says:

    Just wondering if you’ve seen and/or considered making an Orkney chair as yours reminds me of one.


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