The Art of Woodworking: Building Chairs - Free PDF

For millennia, chairs have been expected to exceed the seemingly simple demands of seating. Comfort, durability, and beauty are the criteria they must meet. The best provide a seamless blend of all three qualities. The worst can be bad indeed. Well-designed and properly built chairs provide comfortable and durable seating, are pleasing to look at, and fit into their surrounding. Small wonder that chair making is often considered to be the pinnacle of the wood worker's art.

By the time their became more widespread in Europe in the 16th Century, chairs had become stylized to serve specific purposes. Dining chairs were built to fit around dining tables, and writing chairs were often paired with desks. Often, neither was matched to the human form; comfort frequently took second place to the formal function. Traditional dining chairs, for example, feature a backrest at an almost 90ยบ angle to the seat, obliging the user to sit ramrod straight.


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