Chair Seat Weaving

Aaron Buff

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Aaron Buff

Chair maker

Burke County

Aaron Buff found his calling as a chair maker when he was about ten years old. One of ten children of Hud and Cordie Buff, who farmed and operated a corn mill in the southern part of Burke County, he attended the nearby Absher school in the early 1920s. "They had a workshop down there, and they made stools and the man made splits," he recalled. "Had two turning lathes down there. I never will forget, I turned one round and put it in a chair I took from the house. Oh law, I thought I had done something!"

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David Ammons

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Margaret Woody

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David Ammons

Chair caner

South Carolina (Jackson County, NC native)

David Ammons remembers spending hours observing his grandfather's traditional chair caning work. He writes, "I watched in awe, as a child, as he wove his magic after carefully framing the chair piece by piece." Though Ammons did not learn how to "bottom" a chair, as his grandfather called it, until much later in life, he did absorb many of his grandfather's methods in those early childhood experiences.

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Margaret A. Woody

Chair seat weaving

Marion, NC (McDowell County)

Margaret Woody comes from a chair-making family. When she retired from a furniture plant in 1980, she drew inspiration from her family background to become an expert craftsperson. She weaves seats for her brother's chair shop and also teaches the craft. Margaret was born in Rutherford County, but she moved to Marion in 1926 where she has lived since then.

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