“I love to make chairs – especially the lathe work. I don’t know when I’ll quit!”
Dallas Bump, 94, makes chairs at his small woodshop in Bear, Arkansas, using the same techniques that were passed down from his French ancestors more than a century ago. It’s hard for him to remember when exactly he began. “I don’t know how old I was when I began making chairs because I’ve been around chair making all my life,” Bump says. The fourth generation in his family to make chairs, whose frames are made of red oak, and seats are woven with white oak strips, Bump has taught his nephew Leon Sutton and his wife, Donna, to carry on the family business.