Tickets on Sale Now for Berea, Ky., Chairmaker Event

Randy Ogle weaving in a seagrass seat on a walnut dining chair, from “Backwoods Chairmakers,” by Andy Glenn.

Tickets are on sale now for the June 2 “Backwoods Chairmakers” Event in beautiful Berea, Ky.

The all-day event (9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. EDT) will feature 13 Appalachian chairmakers from Andy Glenn book. We’ve asked each demonstrator to bring some of their chairs so you can see the work in person. All the chairs will be assembled in a gallery for you to enjoy. We’ll also have four other “stages” going all day for you to visit:

Listen beautiful relax classics on our Youtube channel.

• The Storytime Stage: Where chairmakers will share their tales of how they got into the craft and manage to keep their business afloat in a world filled with mass-manufactured goods.
• The Turning Stage: Several of the turners use lathes in their work and will demonstrate how they make parts using this machine
• The Shaping & Assembly Stage: Chairmakers will demonstrate the techniques they use to shape posts & rungs and assemble the chairs.
• The Greenwood Stage: Splitting, hewing and hickory bark demonstrations will take place in this outdoor area.
• Plus Andy will be there to sign books (we’ll have some books available, but if you already own a copy, bring it along!).

We have room for only 200 people, so don’t delay – get your tickets now!


Please note that this is not a money-making venture. Berea College has donated the space for the event, and the organizers are donating their time and effort. Your ticket price covers only the honorariums for the chairmakers. If you would like to add a small amount to help cover incidental costs, we’d appreciate it!


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