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About Brian Boggs : Brian has designed and built chairs for some of the most highly regarded furniture experts in the world. Most notable include the late Sam Maloof, who won the MacArthur Genius Grant for his work in woodworking and furniture design, Frank Pollaro, CEO of Pollaro Custom Furniture and celebrity designer, and master woodworker Christian Becksvoort.

Brian is also a machine designer and tool maker. Lie-Nielsen owns the rights to Boggs shave horse and 3 spokeshave designs, which are sold, used and praised by professionals and amateurs alike globally. There are many happy owners of Boggs Spokeshaves, including former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
STATEMENT OF ART:
I envision designs that often run outside of what tradition would do. But with a clear understanding of materials and process, I design new ways to make unusual forms or to make chairs unusually comfortable. This will sometimes require development of a new technique, a new tool, or even a new custom machine. It’s all part of creative design and I feel quite at home in it all.

ORGANIZATION:
Brian Boggs Chairmakers

EXPERIENCE:
1982 - present, self-employed in furniture design and chairmaking/fine woodworking, Berea KY & Asheville NC/USA

EVENTS:
2015, "The Myth of the Handmade Object", Speaker, Furniture Society Annual Meeting, Raleigh NC/USA
2013, "Who is Running our Furniture Business?", Speaker, Furniture Society & Dwell on Design Conference, Los Angeles/USA
2013, Banquet Speaker, Fine Woodworking Annual Conference, Hartford CT/USA
2012, Speaker, Woodworking in America Annual Conference/USA

AWARDS:
2013, Sunniva Porch Swing & Stand awarded US Patent #D712,167/USA
2013, Lily Chair, Finalist in the 2014 Niche Awards/USA
2010, Best in Show, Craft in America/USA
2008, Editor's Choice Award, Popular Woodworking/USA
2007, Best in Show, Fine Furnishings Shows, Providence RI/USA
2006, Top 10 New Tools of the Year, Popular Woodworking/USA
2006, Editor's Choice Award, Fine Woodworking/USA
2006, Best in Show, Fine Furnishings Show, Milwaukee WI/USA

PRESS APPEARANCES:
2015, “Rethinking the Act of Sitting,” Capital at Play, June, North Carolina USA
2015, “Going with the Grain,” Seven Magazine, Spring, North Carolina USA
2015, “A New Dynamic in Outdoor Luxury,” Upscale Living, April/USA
2014, “Brian Boggs Handcrafted Chairs,” Ocean Home, October/USA
2014, “Mover and Shaker Chairmaker Brian Boggs,” MODERN, April / USA
2013, “True to Form,” WNC Magazine, March, North Carolina/USA
2012, “Brian Boggs on Furniture Design,” Popular Woodworking, September/USA
2012, “A Chairmaker’s Laboratory,” Popular Woodworking, February/USA
2011, “The South’s Best Rocking Chairs,” Garden & Gun, January/USA
2010,“Collective Soul,” Carolina Home & Garden, Fall/USA
1998,“Brian Boggs: Commitment to Excellence,” Woodwork, February/USA

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS:
Articles Authored

Fine Woodworking Magazine
“Master Class: Powerful New Joint,” Nov. 2014
“Master Class: Low-Cost Scraper Planes,” 2007
“Soup Up Your Spokeshave,” Sep. 2002
“Post-and-Rung Stool,” Aug. 2001
“Master Class: A New Breed of Shaving Horse,” Dec.1999
“Choosing the Right Drill Bit for the Job,” Oct.1999
“Master Class: Jigs for Joints on Curving Parts,” Aug.1998
“Building a Bent-Back Rocker,” October 1989

Popular Woodworking Magazine
“The Myth of the Self-Taught Craftsman,” Nov. 2013
“The Myth of Original Design,” Dec. 2011
“Ebonizing Wood,” June 2009

Woodwork Magazine
“A Ladderback Rocker,” 1991

Home Furniture Magazine
“Evolution of a Chair,” Fall 1996
“Hickory Bark Seat: A Pleasure to Use, an Adventure to Harvest,” Fall 1996
“A Chair Built for Comfort,” Summer 1995

BOOKS:
“Chairmaking & Design” by Jeff Miller, 2007
“The Chairmaker’s Workshop” by Drew Langsner, 2001
“The Art of Chair-Making” by Kerry Pierce, 1998
“The Workshop Book” by Scott Landis, 1998
“America’s Traditional Crafts” by Robert Shaw, 1993
“Kentucky Crafts” by Phyllis George Brown, 1989
“The Workbench Book” by Scott Landis, 1987

ACCOLADES:
"Brin's are the most comfortable wooden chairs ever made" Popular Wood Working Magazine

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Fluent English, proficient French, a little Spanish

COMPUTER LITERACY:
Microsoft office, proficient

COURSES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS::
1998, Woodworking Conference, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont CA/USA
"Greenwood Chairmaking", "Making a Rocker", Mark Adams School of Woodworking, Greenwood IN/USA
"Greenwood Chairmaking", Northwest Woodworking Studio, Portland OR/USA
"Ladderback Chairmaking", Turning Point Studio, Atlanta GA/USA
"Ladderback Chairmaking", Rosewood Studio, Altamont Ontario/CANADA
"Greenwood Chairmaking", Inside Passage School of Woodworking, Roberts Creek, BC/CANADA
"Greenwood Chairmaking", West Dean College, West Sussex/ENGLAND


In another vein I have taught over a dozen workshops in Honduras on a Peche tribal reservation as a project of PDBL; a joint rainforest management initiative of Canadian and Honduran govt. forestry departments I also taught several workshops in Peru, both in the Lima area as well as deep in the Amazon region where I was working with a Yanesha tribe. This was not a workshop in the traditional sense. I was charged with designing products and teaching a group of Yanesha how to make these in their primitive work spaces. I have been on a teaching hiatus for the past few years, so all of these are from prior to 2012.

SYMPOSIUMS AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCES::
Speaker - Furniture Society Annual Meeting, Raleigh, NC, 2015
Speaker - Furniture Society & Dwell on Design, Los Angeles CA, 2013
Keynote Speaker - Fine Woodworking Annual Conference, Hartford CT, 2013
Speaker - Woodworking in America Annual Conference, 2012

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS:
2015, The Furniture Society, Durham NC/USA

HOBBIES:
Fly fishing, tying fly fishing flies, cooking, traveling, playing cards, visiting with friends and family

WEB SITE:
www.brianboggschairmakers.com

PORTFOLIO URL:
www.brianboggschairmakers.com

REGISTRATION DATE:
2015-08-11 15:40:57

COUNTRY:
United States of America

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Professional

Awards received by Brian Boggs


Sunniva Deluxe Outdoor Swing

A' Design Award Winner for Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category in 2015
Brian Boggs for Brian Boggs Chairmakers

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