Charles enjoys sharing his knowledge of early Chairmaking and early Chairmakers of the area. He is available to historical sites, schools or other similar organizations for demonstrations and talks.
The Chairmaker / Joyner
Chairmaker/Joyner, Charles Boland has enjoyed woodworking for over 20 years. Originally inspired by Norm Abram and later Roy Underhill, Charles began the study of Windsor Chair construction thus making a transition from power tools to antique reproduction hand tools.
A native of Texas, Charles relocated to West Virginia over a decade ago and soon fell in love with the Appalachian culture and the Colonial heritage of the region. Naturally, the Windsor chair would be the link between his woodworking skills, his love of history and his new found desire to study, replicate and demonstrate this 18th Century American craft.
Charles has collected many books on the study, history and crafting of the Windsor chair. He has visited numerous museums that house collections of Windsor furniture, talked with many chairmakers as well as collectors of period American Furniture in an effort to study the construction methods, paint wear patterns, history and artistic lines of these early American treasures.
Each year Early American Life invites the best artisans in America to be judged by leading museum curators and other experts to find the best craftwork made in traditional styles, materials, and methods for the Directory of Traditional American Crafts. We are delighted that our jurors selected Charles Boland as crafting some of America's best handwork in 2 categories; Windsor Furniture, and Miscellaneous for our 2011 Directory
Bench-Made Reproduction Windsor Chairs & Period Furniture
"by hand, by eye, the 18th Century way"