Category Archives: The Anarchist’s Design Book

Armchair for ‘The Anarchist’s Design Book’

According to my notes, this is my fourth attempt at building an armchair for the expansion of “The Anarchist’s Design Book.” And to be honest, I don’t know how many sketches I made of this design – probably 80 to … Continue reading

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Chairfaker

Sometimes I get asked if I use dowels for the spindles in my chairs. And sometimes I answer: “Sometimes.” Dowels can be a crappy way to make a chair, just like lumberyard wood can be a crappy way to make … Continue reading

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Designing an Armbow

One of the parts of my next armchair that I’ve struggled with is the shape of the armbow. On my most recent chair, I used a maple arm that was cold-bend hardwood. It’s a sleek look, but I decided that … Continue reading

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Stick Chairs of the World, Unite!

I’ve long been obsessed with Welsh stick chairs. But if you’ve known me for more than 5 minutes, you know I’m going to prod the historical record to see what else might be lurking in the dim corners of early … Continue reading

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An Unusual Customer

Most of my commission work is surprisingly straightforward. People see something on my personal website (christophermschwarz.com) and say: Hey, I’d like you to build that again. I build it. And I ship it to them. Sometimes I get a request … Continue reading

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Expanding ‘The Anarchist’s Design Book’

With “Ingenious Mechanicks: Early Workbenches & Workholding” at the printer, we are focused on getting three more books to the printer: “Hands Employed Aright” by Joshua Klein “Slöjd in Wood” by Jögge Sundqvist “Cut & Dried: A Woodworker’s Guide to … Continue reading

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Extrude This

This is an excerpt from “The Anarchist’s Design Book” by Christopher Schwarz.  There is a three-step process for how people – woodworkers or not – approach a typical table. 1. They run their hands over the top to feel how smooth … Continue reading

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