Jennie Alexander’s website

JA shaving chair parts

Over the past I don’t-know-how-long I got a lot of questions or notices that JA’s website “greenwoodworking” was down. Turns out the domain name had expired & someone bought it up. I spoke over the weekend to Anatol Polillo – he’s the one who shot & produced JA’s chairmaking video and built and managed the website – and he just bought a different (slightly) domain – and now the site is back up & running.

www.greenwoodworking.org

There’s a collection of Alexander’s articles, one on riving stock, one on drawbored mortise & tenon joints, etc. Many of these had been in Woodwork magazine in the 1990s. So if you’ve been looking for it, or hadn’t seen it before and want to know what the fuss is about – off you go.

I have lots of JA content here and plan on posting some of it over the winter. I’ve been researching a book that will draw heavily on the notebooks Alexander kept starting back in 1973 or ’74. Those are now at Winterthur Museum’s library. I always used to say I never knew anyone who read more than JA. Nor anyone who wrote as much.

The 3rd edition of Alexander’s chair book is here https://lostartpress.com/products/make-a-chair-from-a-tree

15 thoughts on “Jennie Alexander’s website

  1. Hello Peter, Happy New Year. Hope all is well. I clicked on the link in the email and the browser listed the site as follows:

    Might need to update the new website information…Joe

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    • Hi Joe – thanks for the heads-up. I get a warning sometimes when I try to go to JA’s site, but other times it opens first try. I’ll check w Anatol to see if it’s something at his end.

  2. Thank you. I’ve just started building my first JA stool and chair. I did not know the website existed. Glenn

  3. Thanks so much for the update.

    How is the winter coming?

    We had some rain early, but now it looks dry but not too cold for the next few weeks. The only local birds of interest are a few pigeons. Ducks geese and the occasional swan.

    Your carving and methods continue to inspire me. I will have my shop set up soon and will post pics on Lumberjocks.

    I am continuing to search for a source of green wood.

    May God Bless you and yours

    Rob Drown Olivehurst, Ca

    On Mon, Jan 17, 2022 at 2:03 PM PETER FOLLANSBEE: JOINER’S NOTES wrote:

    > pfollansbee posted: ” JA shaving chair parts Over the past I > don’t-know-how-long I got a lot of questions or notices that JA’s website > “greenwoodworking” was down. Turns out the domain name had expired & > someone bought it up. I spoke over the weekend to Anatol Polillo ” >

  4. Hi ya Peter I want to thank you and the gang for keeping JA’s legacy alive, Im looking forward to see his notes and sketches. JA is missed greatly!!

  5. Hi Peter, Any chance the J.A. notebooks might be copied/transcribed and published by Winterthur? Just asking…

    • not a snowball’s chance in hell. There’s thousands of pages. Much is drek. Much is minutiae. But there’s some nuggets in there. As I said, I am working on a book that draws on some of that material.

  6. Years ago, I remember driving 100 miles each way for 6 days to learn from Jennie. great experience. Like myself, Jennie was also a musician.

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