Whether you know it or not, Jennie Alexander used to go by John Alexander, a change in gender she made in 2007. The reasons why are unimportant to her woodworking she is just as much involved in the craft today as she’s always been. And many of them, such as chairmaker Brian Boggs, went on to become professionals. Traditional chairmaker John Alexander demonstrates how to make a delicate yet rugged chair that will last for generations. With simple tools and traditional methods, John shows you how to start with a tree, then.
Traditional chairmaker John Alexander demonstrates how to make a delicate yet rugged chair that will last for generations. Old timers would shape chair parts from green wood cut from a small tree nearby, assemble them without nails, and as the wood dried it would shrink into a tight, strong, beautiful chair. This lost art was rediscovered by the author of this book, John Alexander. These pieces gave up many of their secrets through close examination of the toolmarks left by the makers.
I went back to Mike and made a Windsor chair thinking that I would become a chairmaker. Apparently if we want to be taken seriously as craftsman we must start to call ourselves a GREEN WOODWORKER – a term coined 30 or so years ago by John Alexander or Jennie as he now likes to be known. Make a Chair from a Tree has 11 ratings and 1 review. When a tree is felled, the wood is green and is easy to cut, split, shave and shape. Make a Chair from a Tree has 11 ratings and 1 review. It will be cited over and over in coming years, and my hope is that we will also see a revival in green woodworking and furniture joined in these ways whether made with green oak or not. Handsaw maker.
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One of Lyle’s grandfathers worked on chairs in a factory, and the other was a blacksmith and machinist. Around 1983, Lyle took a course on chair making with John Alexander, a chair maker from Baltimore. One difficulty that just about any budding chairmaker encounters is reaming. I recommend the reamers innovated by Jennie Alexander and produced by Elia Bizzarri, because they are easily made, maintained and alterable to whatever angle you please. A blog about woodworking, chairmaking, turning and furniture making. I saw in John’s chairs everything I liked about Krenov’s approach, sensitivity to the material, a mastery of the tools, and unlimited possibilities for creative artistry. He is also a machine designer and tool maker. In 1993 Mike attended a conference in the USA and was able to spend time with some of the leading American chair-makers, Jennie (John) Alexander, Drew Langsner and Brian Boggs who explored the tradition of ladderback chair-making around Kentucky and the Appalachian Mountains.