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UPDATE: Book Giveaway: The Chairmaker's Workshop by Drew Langsner

comments (72) February 28th, 2010 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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The Chairmaker's Workshop: Handcrafting Windsor and Post-and-Rung Chairs by Drew Langsner.
Author’s reprint edition, 2008.
$50.00; 304 pp.

Originally published in 1997 by Lark Books, The Chairmaker's Workshop: Handcrafting Windsor and Post-and-Rung Chairs provides information about making post-and rung and Windsor chairs (assisted by many photos and illustrations). Included are instructions and plans for making eleven different chairs. The book also provides information about setting up and equipping a shop. This copy even comes with a free set of enlarged plans (originally $16.95). Author Drew Langsner has been teaching chairmaking at Country Workshops in North Carolina for thirty years.

Lucky bksup is the winner. His comment was chosen at random.

Check back later to see what he says about the book.

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Comments (72)

rlfd141 rlfd141 writes: Drew is one of a kind. If you ever get the chance, sign up for one of his courses - you'll never forget it.
Posted: 10:45 pm on March 8th

Greg68 Greg68 writes: Chair making has been on my "someday list" for some years. Last fall I built my first windsor chair since then I've built seven more. Drew Langsner's book has been incredibly helpful. I hope the winner is as pleased with the book as I have been. Thanks for offering such a great give away. Greg
Posted: 8:40 pm on March 8th

wildstrawberry wildstrawberry writes: I'll Take it! Besides, it looks pretty sitting out if your not reading it.
Posted: 6:16 pm on March 8th

carltodasco carltodasco writes: Good luck
Posted: 8:37 am on March 8th

carltodasco carltodasco writes: Great-Good Luck
Posted: 8:37 am on March 8th

Ardy22 Ardy22 writes: This would be a great addition to my library collection. Always wanted to make a chair
Posted: 1:21 am on March 8th

nesta67 nesta67 writes: Looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!
Posted: 11:13 pm on March 7th

bksup bksup writes: Thanks for the sweepstakes, looks like a great "how to" book.
Posted: 3:50 pm on March 7th

Handymam Handymam writes: I would love to win this book.especially as I live so far away from the experts and a course would be financially prohibitive. However I am undetered! I have already made all the required tools and bending forms for my bow back windsor, but sooner or later I am going to have to return my borrowed copy to the library.
New Zealand
Posted: 4:25 am on March 7th

mongosloth mongosloth writes: I think this book would give me some fresh ideas for my favorite hobby.
Posted: 1:17 am on March 7th

Circuit Rider Circuit Rider writes: Chairmaking is something that I have no done, except for a rocker sometimes ago. I think this book might help get me started again.
Posted: 9:17 pm on March 6th

jpat jpat writes: I have always been a little intimidated buy chair making, prhapes this book will remove some of that intimidation.
Posted: 2:41 pm on March 6th

JimFuller1 JimFuller1 writes: Never won anything before, maybe this will be the time. lol
Posted: 2:59 am on March 5th

roseh2o19 roseh2o19 writes: I'm leaving a comment on this post.
Posted: 3:33 pm on March 4th

thelawnranger thelawnranger writes: I would love to win this fabulous book !
Posted: 2:59 pm on March 4th

wbtanner wbtanner writes: I've seen this book, it's quite good.
Posted: 1:02 pm on March 4th

joeliwest joeliwest writes: This book and companion drawings are a wonderful way for me to get into the art and craft of chair building.

I hope that I win
Posted: 12:15 pm on March 4th

jcwnr jcwnr writes: Nice cover
Posted: 8:03 am on March 4th

netartsdave netartsdave writes: I would love to make a chair, but when I look at all of the angles, and think of all the various things that are involved in a chair I always shy away from trying it. Maybe, maybe some day...
Posted: 2:44 am on March 4th

MarcelsGang MarcelsGang writes: I'd like to win this book, read it and post a comment about it. Please, count me in.
Posted: 2:22 am on March 4th

Polymantilas Polymantilas writes: I have read about this book, and it must be terrific. Last year I was making a Windsor chair and tried to find it and read it, but it was only available on eBay and it was too expensive.
Posted: 11:17 pm on March 3rd

sk2tobin sk2tobin writes: count me in!

Posted: 5:40 pm on March 3rd

MrDG MrDG writes: Nice
Posted: 12:36 pm on March 3rd

61A 61A writes: This would be a great book to help make another piece of furniture I have looking to build for some time.

Posted: 10:27 am on March 3rd

bill_tily bill_tily writes: me too
Posted: 7:22 am on March 3rd

natebyrd45 natebyrd45 writes: would love to have this book
Posted: 11:38 pm on March 2nd

sherlock04 sherlock04 writes: looks like an interesting book
Posted: 8:28 pm on March 2nd

Kylie1152 Kylie1152 writes: I've been able to find a big dining room table for free and refinish it but now i'm in need of chairs, I'd love to make my own.
Posted: 6:20 pm on March 2nd

TedFurlong TedFurlong writes: Count me in--Chairs are on my list of "want to/need to" projects
Posted: 5:27 pm on March 2nd

JohnJay JohnJay writes: Put my name in the hopper too.

Posted: 4:15 pm on March 2nd

kewpie5448 kewpie5448 writes: enter to win the book-thanks
Posted: 3:01 pm on March 2nd

diaperchamp diaperchamp writes: would love this
Posted: 12:08 pm on March 2nd

jjmurray jjmurray writes: It would be great to win
Posted: 8:29 am on March 2nd

WoodworkingIdea WoodworkingIdea writes: Sounds great. Please count me in!
Posted: 2:58 am on March 2nd

whataheyu whataheyu writes: Never have tried chairmaking but it sounds like a real challenge.
Posted: 11:18 pm on March 1st

JoeFuchs JoeFuchs writes: Hope I win it
Posted: 3:51 pm on March 1st

hubiedoo517 hubiedoo517 writes: I've never built a chair, but would like to give it a try sometime. Of course I will need some knowledge of chair building first... Thanks for a chance at gaining that knowledge....

Posted: 1:05 pm on March 1st

muggsjunior muggsjunior writes: Send it my way!
Posted: 11:37 am on March 1st

woodntyou woodntyou writes: The only chair book I have to work from is Mike's book on windsor chair making. I want to expand both my knowledge and library.
Posted: 11:35 am on March 1st

redryder redryder writes: Since Mike Dunbar's book on building Windsor Chair's went out of print, the only definitive guide guide to building Windsor chairs was Drew Langsner's book. Now it is out of print and both books bring prices beyond their original cover price.
I am trying to build a set of Windsor's for my wife and would love to add this book to my library.

Posted: 9:13 am on March 1st

calouche calouche writes: When the work is done, it great to sit in a comfortable chair.
Posted: 8:31 am on March 1st

sbank sbank writes: I would love to win this book. Thanks!
Posted: 7:21 am on March 1st

forummfg forummfg writes: Love the idea of this book, I want one!
Posted: 7:17 am on March 1st

JimFuller1 JimFuller1 writes: I've just got to win this book because I can't afford to buy it and the wood I need to make a chair.
Posted: 2:32 am on March 1st

Lori K Lori K writes: That looks like a great book to read and add to my woodworking library.
Posted: 1:03 am on March 1st

tman814 tman814 writes: Looks like a great book to learn chair making. A good addition to one's library.
Posted: 9:37 pm on February 28th

Fettler Fettler writes: Nice book. I'd love one.
Posted: 9:30 pm on February 28th

mase mase writes: This looks like a great book. I would love to have the opportunity to read it.
Posted: 8:29 pm on February 28th

DaneChristensen DaneChristensen writes: What an opportunity, and great timing - hope I win since I have an entire dining set to build. I'm sure there's a lot in this book to learn from!
Posted: 8:23 pm on February 28th

rodk1 rodk1 writes: I'd love to read & review this book!
Posted: 7:09 pm on February 28th

DaveHarrison DaveHarrison writes: Looks like a good one - count me in please!
Posted: 7:02 pm on February 28th

Larrythewoodguy Larrythewoodguy writes: I want this book , please please let it be me!!
Posted: 6:57 pm on February 28th

Barrel Barrel writes: I would love the chance to offer a review of what looks to be an essential reference on Windsor chair making. The problem is I don't actually own a copy as yet. That sad situation could be easily remedied by FWW. Then and only then could I offer any opinion's hoping. Thanks.
Posted: 6:57 pm on February 28th

Barrel Barrel writes: I would love to tell you my opinion of this book, however, I don't as yet have a copy. That sad situation could be recified with a little help from FWW - then I might be able to offer an educated opinion of what seems to be an essential reference book on Windsor chairs. Thanks.
Posted: 6:54 pm on February 28th

doctorT doctorT writes: Absolutely wonderful book. A great reference that gives patterns for select chairs, as well as, the information necessary to sucessfully design your own! The local library ought to just give me their copy, but I'm sure they'll be glad for you to give me this one!!!
Posted: 6:27 pm on February 28th

JadeEagle JadeEagle writes: Doesn't this book have my name on it? I'm sure it must. Just send it on over. Thank you.
Posted: 6:13 pm on February 28th

PSeverin PSeverin writes: It might just be the thing to push me over the edge and actually try to make a chair. It could be fun.
Posted: 5:27 pm on February 28th

pqken pqken writes: Bought one of the last printed versions, glad to hear it's in re-print. Well put together book with lots of information, helps make a seemingly complicated process more attainable. In addition Langsner includes numerous ideas on making your own not so easy to find chairmaking tools. Commendable book in that it's obvious Langsner has put a lot of effort to make this book "right".
Posted: 4:41 pm on February 28th

leparker5099 leparker5099 writes: I can't make a chair without this book!
Posted: 3:36 pm on February 28th

robsypko robsypko writes: Looks like a great book.

Posted: 3:28 pm on February 28th

KenderCh KenderCh writes: Of course I will leave a comment! I hope that I have the opportunity to read this book soon.
Posted: 3:14 pm on February 28th

miniaturehome miniaturehome writes: Looks like a wonderful book!
Posted: 3:02 pm on February 28th

wndymdwfrm wndymdwfrm writes: Would love a copy!
Posted: 2:51 pm on February 28th

kaschmid3 kaschmid3 writes: I would love a copy
Posted: 2:07 pm on February 28th

Linear Tom Linear Tom writes: I would be most happy to receive a copy of Langsner's book. Making a Windsor chair has been a long-held ambition, but never attempted.

Tom Sell
Posted: 1:51 pm on February 28th

mrfixitnow mrfixitnow writes: Sounds great!

Posted: 1:35 pm on February 28th

MrHudon MrHudon writes: I would love a copy, Thanks
Posted: 1:00 pm on February 28th

daus daus writes: Haven't tackled a chair yet - maybe it is time to give it a try.
Posted: 11:41 am on February 28th

Red_F Red_F writes: Ah, chairs... they have to look good, and be stucturally sound. Oh, and then on top of that people have the audacity to want them to be comfortable too? Next thing you know, they'll probably want you to make a set of them...
Posted: 11:37 am on February 28th

spvincent spvincent writes: Count me in!
Posted: 11:03 am on February 28th

baudi baudi writes: Count me in.
Posted: 10:50 am on February 28th

Dean7 Dean7 writes: Chairmaking is a challenge. What a wonderful book to own! I hope I can become the owner of this copy.
Posted: 10:15 am on February 28th

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