The reason I ask is I just got Jeff Miller’s “Chairmaking & Design” book, and I’m going to try the child’s ladderback chair. It’s all made with hardwood dowels, so there’s no turning.
www.woodworker.com is the only website I’ve found that has an assortment of species (oak, cherry, walnut, maple) in the diameters required.
They also have dowels made from “ramin” wood from Indonesia, and claim it has similar characteristics to white birch. Having no idea if either of these are strong enough to make a child’s chair, I thought I’d ask here. How strong is white birch?
Attached picture courtesy of www.woodworker.com