The evolution of Brad Smith's ax-handle stool
Every year, Brad Smith makes hundreds of his ax-handle stools. The design of the stool has stayed essentially the same for 20 years, but Smith’s methods of producing it have evolved. Along the way, he has developed an array of beautifully logical jigs, perfectly suited to his three-man shop. Here are a few of the innovations that enable him to produce his stools and chairs quickly and economically while maintaining his demanding standards of craftsmanship.