Category Archives: John Brown Book

John Brown: ‘One Day I Saw a Chair…’

We are fast closing in on the publication date of the classic book “Welsh Stick Chairs” by John Brown. This compact book has had a profound effect on woodworkers and designers all over the world. It is the story of … Continue reading

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Welsh Stick Chair Class Complete

After five long days in the shop, Chris Williams has sent six new Welsh stick chairs into the wilds of America. My hope is that these chairs work like seeds, and an appreciation for this form will take root and … Continue reading

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Welsh Stick Chair Class Day 3: The Full Welshman

When John Brown taught chair classes in the United States in the 1990s, he famously threw a student’s machinist calipers into a lake to make a point about how his chairs should be built. Then, while teaching at John Wilson’s … Continue reading

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Welsh Stick Chair Class Day 2: Think Round

With many woodworking classes, the goal is for every student to end up with identical chairs, tool chests or side tables. But that approach is opposite to the spirit of a Welsh stick chair. Welsh stick chairs weren’t manufactured (and … Continue reading

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Day 1: Chris Williams’s Welsh Stick Chair Class

Today I’m going to tell you a nice story. Later in the week I’ll tell you a shocking one. For the last couple weeks I’ve been unusually chipper, despite all the crap I’ve been managing with my father’s estate. In … Continue reading

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Registration for Welsh Stick Chair With Chris Williams

You can now register for the chairbuilding class with Chris Williams via this link. Note: Registering for the class or the waiting list is free – they won’t ask you for a credit card to register. After the dust settles, … Continue reading

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Registration Opens Friday for Welsh Stick Chair Class

Chris Williams and I have decided to hold this Welsh stick chair class on May 21-25, 2018, at our Covington, Ky., shop. Registration will open at noon Eastern time on Friday, Oct. 13. You can read more about the class … Continue reading

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