Lyle Wheeler talks about ladderback chairs in the Woodworking Studio.
My finished chair on the last day of class.
Lyle inspiring the next generation, demonstrating on the shaving horse in the Folk School booth at the Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville, NC.
My Finished Chair Today (Caning Done in the Chafin’s Chair Seat Class (but that’s another tale!)
Appalachian Traditions Virtual Discussion
This free, hour-long conversation provides a space for instructors in traditional craft to share their personal stories and discuss their creative process. We’ll explore the historic role of craft in Appalachia, examine its continued relevance today, and learn how practitioners are working to promote their craft and inspire the next generation of traditional makers.
A Wonderful Video About Lyle from Our State Magazine
“Made in NC: Wheeler’s Chairs” short movie by Our State Magazine. Lyle’s ladderback rocking chairs won the top prize in the 2019 Our State “Made in NC Awards.”
Lyle Wheeler’s Bio
Lyle is an all-around “good ol’ boy” from Millers Creek, North Carolina. He has been working wood for most of his life, specializing in ladderback chairs and furniture from the late 19th century, and he is also an accomplished blacksmith. He has been teaching at the Folk School for over two decades, and he is a long-time member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, for which he does educational demonstrations. Little-known facts about Lyle…he is the current whimmy-diddle world champion in the professional division, and he enjoys communicating by postcard, one stamp at a time.
Visit Lyle’s website: lylewheelerchairmaker.com
Photos from More of Lyle’s Chairmaking Classes
Cory Marie Podielski is a freelance graphic designer, photographer, and writer for the John C. Campbell Folk School. She has been writing for the Folk School Blog since 2012 and enjoys interviewing artists, musicians, and craftspeople. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the banjo, dancing, printmaking, playing in clay, and assisting in Folk School bread baking classes. podielski.com