Processing Authentic Bark at Brian Boggs Chairmakers

Processing Authentic Bark at Brian Boggs Chairmakers

Why is authentic bark so much more expensive than manufactured reed? The Short Answer: Authentic bark is time consuming, back breaking, and potentially hand mangling work. Reed comes from China, and as we all know, that means you don’t pay the real value of the product, the fossil fuel it takes to get here, etc….but […]

Before & After

A picture’s worth a thousand words.  Here are some of our more amazing transformations.  Many thanks to Bob Haase for the refinish on the rocker, and Joanne O’Sullivan for the lovely article in Carolina Home + Garden which resulted in the commission of the colorful chair.

Stolen….Mid-Century Modern Goodness

In Denmark, Stolen=Chair (This post is long, scroll to the bottom if you just want to see lots of photos.) The Danes excel in every design medium, from home decor to the Sydney Opera House, but my focus is obviously chairs.  A few years ago I was humbled by Tom of Oddfellows as I commented […]

Custom Dye Job for Child’s Rocker, Part 1

CUSTOM DYEING REED WITH CARLA FILIPELLI PART 1 I had the good fortune to hang out with Carla and Greg Filipelli at their studio Cranberry Creek and try my hand at dyeing my own reed for weaving colorful seats.  They have been making baskets and sculptures for over 25 years and are part of Handmade in […]

Canespotting: Mark Twain’s Chair

While being laid out with the flu, Dave and I watched a Ken Burns special about Mark Twain.  We see cane chairs and designs in almost every show we watch including Dr. Who, Sons of Anarchy, Downton Abbey, a Mt. Everest documentary, and numerous nerdy biographies on PBS.  Here is a chair we were really […]