Built around 1760 in Philadelphia, this chair, with its flowing lines and flawless carving, represents the high point of Colonial Queen Anne chair making. From its ball-and-claw feet to the elaborately carved cabriole legs, elegant back splat, and flowing crest rail, everything about this chair conveys a sense of movement. "If you've never built a chair or picked up a carving gouge, this is an ambitious place to start, but if you've had some experience in either field, I encourage you to tackle this project," says author and furniture maker Eugene Landon.

From Fine Woodworking #186