September 2012

What is a Ladderback Chair? How is it made?

By Kate Stephenson, Executive Director
Start with a green (freshly cut) log.  Split it with a mallet and a froe.Shape the legs and rungs with drawknives and spoke shaves, while sitting astride a shave horse.Create beautiful wood shavings (great for kindling). Assemble the components (and celebrate!).Shape and steambend the ladderback slats, add cloth tape to the seat, and voila!...

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