The Boggs Ladderback Rocker has evolved slowly for over two decades every time Brian thought of how to make it more elegant and comfortable. The fine design that has resulted from all his creativity is sure to become an American classic.
Named best rocker in the south by Garden and Gun Magazine and considered by many to be the most comfortable rocking chair made today, it keeps getting better. Each detail is treated to enhance the overall design, from aesthetics to comfort to structure.
The arms for example angle in the front to match the angle of the sitter’s knuckle line when seated. This is important because the jewel-like drawknife cuts just underneath are so irresistible to feel, the knuckles will often be curled around this angled end to enjoy the treat. Such sensual treats abound with this custom seating that we build to comfort you and delight your senses.
Price: $2950. Designed by Brian Boggs
“Nearly 20 years ago I borrowed money from my life insurance policy to buy one of Brian’s ladder-back rocking chairs. The chair was to be a Christmas present for my wife. We loved that chair so much that years later we purchased an additional 6 bar stool from Brian to go around our kitchen island unit. I have the great pleasure of eating dinner every night with my family on those chairs. Although all those chairs have aged over the years, I still treasure them toda as much as I did then. Brian has taken a traditional Appalachia ladder-back chair and redefined and reinvented the lines. So much in fact that future generations will recognize that style of chair as his namesake—The “Boggs” chair”.
Mark Adams - Founder of Mark Adams School of Woodworking.
When we got married and set up house for ourselves, most of our furniture was what you’d call family hand-me-downs. Instead of being disappointed with our old, sometimes beat-up furniture, we soon discovered our hand-me-downs connected us back to our Kentucky family and roots, no matter how far away we lived. They made our house feel like home… like family.
Rocking chairs were an especially big part of our family when we grew up. Kids and grandkids were rocked to sleep, beans shelled, newspapers read. And our “visiting” mostly happened while leaning back, gently rocking back and forth as the important news of the moment was delivered and discussed. The right rocking chair was just as important as the right kitchen table, or sofa, or bed.
In the mid-1980’s we moved into a big old house with a keeping room right off the kitchen — the perfect spot for a pair of rocking chairs. So we decided to keep on the lookout for some beautiful rocking chairs of our own. No hurry though, we were willing to wait for just the right chairs to come along. After all, they had to fit into our family of furniture.
One weekend we were having lunch in Berea when a pair of rocking chairs on display caught our eye, and we first heard about Brian Boggs. We pretty much stumbled on Brian’s workshop, and were amazed by the art and old school craftsmanship he put into his work. The more we heard Brian talk about his process — how he used steam and pressure to mold the shape of the wood, how the parts were connected without nails — the more we knew a pair of Brian’s rocking chairs were meant for us.
We like handmade things, especially from our home state, and we loved that our rocking chairs and footstool were handcrafted in Kentucky, just for us. We always felt like the chairs were made the way they should be, using techniques and craftsmanship our own family furniture makers might have used long ago. They fit into our home seamlessly, and were our chairs of choice for reading the morning newspaper or a good book, watching TV, visiting with friends or just thinking and rocking for a while.
From our accidental discovery of Brian’s work in Berea so long ago, our rocking chairs followed us for over 25 years, from the cozy keeping room to many other places and porches. And no matter where we were, we could count on our rocking chairs to remind us of Kentucky, and family, and home.
Recently, we found our lives changing again (as they tend to do), and had to face the fact that we don’t have the space to use our rocking chairs anymore. But we knew we couldn’t just sell them to a stranger on ebay or craigslist. We felt very strongly we had to find someone who would love our chairs like we did, and appreciate their artistry, story and heritage.
So we did the only thing we could think to do – find Brian again, and ask him to help find a new home for these rocking chairs that have meant so much to us. He completely understood, and in a touching reunion, welcomed our rocking chairs back as if they were his children returning from a long journey.
We hope a new family will love these rocking chairs like we did, and feel the same special piece of Kentucky, home and family that made our chairs much, much more than pieces of furniture to us.
-Jim and Sara M., former clients