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Murphy's Fine Woodworking Newsletters

Spring 2024

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California West Chair by Rorie Johnston
Traditional Bow Arm Chair by Noah Murphy


For almost 8 years I taught at American Sycamore, a woodworking school in Indianapolis for a week-long course to build one of our famous chairs. Class size was 12 students maximum.  That school has since closed and I’ve done the course a couple of times here in Escondido.  One of my students many of you will remember was the CEO of the Chamber of Commerce for many years. Rorie Johnston!  The chair made by Noah Murphy was a special high school class for San Marcos High School that I taught here in the shop..! The chair that you will make will be Eastern Cherry, Curly Maple or Quarter Sawn White Oak, Leather, cushions, and final finish.  We use Carroll Leather from North Carolina and Manuel’s Upholstery here in town to put the cushions together. This project will last 5 + days; lunch is included.  The day will start at 8 and end at about 4!  All material and labor are included.  The price for the class is $1800.00 It will be offered in 3 sessions: June, July, and August.  Each class is limited to one student to assure very personal guidance and direction.

Bow Arm & Footstool
Bow Arm & Footstool
Bow arm in glue up
Bow arm in glue up Lamination really works the best for the arms.
Drawing the chair side to match
Drawing the chair side to match the contour of the bow arm to be cut on the bandsaw.
Laminated arms installed
Back rest assembled
ready for stain
Chair assembled and ready for stain..!
Footstool ready for assembly
Footstool ready for assembly
Recliner pins for the back
Recliner pins for the back
Our Chair on the cover of Fine Woodworking Book
Our Chair on the cover of Fine Woodworking Book
collection of Bow Arm Chairs

This collection of Bow Arm Chairs is just a small part of the 250 + chairs that we have made over the years.  We have designed four styles of chairs, the Traditional Bow Arm, the Spindle Arm, the California West Bow Arm, and the California West Green & Greene Bow Arm Chair.

collection of Bow Arm Chairs

As a small independent furniture maker, we can offer a degree of flexibility and attention to detail not commonly found in larger shops. “I thoroughly enjoy and take great pride in my work. Using attention to detail and proven construction.”

I like to think that we build Extraordinary Hand-built Furniture for your Extraordinary Home. Give us a call to chat about your dreams

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If you have any questions, give us a call!

Very Best,


Brian H. Murphy

760 613-1230
2243 Mountain View Drive / Escondido CA 92027
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