Caleb James is a toolmaker and chairmaker based in Greenville, SC. Well-known for his own line of spokeshaves and hand tools, Caleb is devoted to working in the style of Danish Modern chairmaking.
“Break away from that notion that to be a good designer you have to come up with something that is 100% original. That’s a mistake.”
As Caleb puts it, he’s “a traditionalist, but not one that’s stuck in the past.” A longtime student of the Danish Modern aesthetic, Caleb draws inspiration for his own designs from what has come before. In this four-part class, Caleb reveals his process and chairmaking technique, with tips ranging from hand tools and hand shaping to design and template making.
01 | Chair Design
02 | Card Scraper Techniques
03 | Hand Shaping
04 | Making Templates With Origin