Chisolm Leonard jr.
*serving areas up and down the I-26 corridor, from Asheville, NC to Charleston, SC -and including Greenville, SC and Atlanta, GA
* For prompt service with chairs: Please take a photo of the chair(s) you would like restored or rewoven and what your preferences may be. Take 1 picture of entire chair, 1 of the seat and 1 of the underside of the seat. Then text to 828.243.5563 along with your name and contact information. I can then provide you with a timely estimate.
Golden Bear Builders
Log and timber frame Homes
Fine antique restoration
David Beckford and Associates Charleston, SC.
-In House repairs
-Whole Log Lumber
Reclaimed wood/flooring specialist
Green River, NC
Antique repair specialist
-Apprenticeship: Silver River Chairs, Asheville, NC.
2020 NC Folklife Award/Grant Recipient
NC Arts Council 2020
For me, it started with my great grandfather (William Bachman Chisolm) who was a cabinet maker in the late 1800's in Charleston, SC. My parent's have approximately 11 incredibly beautiful, sometimes inlayed, pieces he made and kept for himself. They have his personal dining room table, a buffet, a sideboard, a 6 ft. model sailboat he built from scratch (newspaper articles show that he sailed it on Colonial Lake in Charleston) and 4 Sheraton Style chairs. The chairs, like all of his work are beyond beautiful and equally inspiring. Each chair has rice stalks delicately carved in each back splat and the last is blank -as he passed before finishing it. He died at 55 from a simple cut or infection -before penicillin.
I grew up around his pieces in awe, especially the sailboat. After studying history at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, I moved to Telluride, Co and started as a laborer with a log home crew (Golden Bear Builders). I stuck with it and eventually became a lead carpenter after 6 years of hard, fun work. I moved backed to Charleston to study furniture and fine antique restoration and was very fortunate to have apprenticed under David Beckford, who was probably the leading restoration specialist in the Southeast at the time. Together, we restored pieces for the Heyward Washington House, the Charleston Museum, the River's Collection and a host of others. We were able to visit the finest homes in Charleston and work on some of the oldest, finest antiques I've yet to see anywhere...
32 years later. I'm still doing what I love and enjoy working with wood more than ever. This year, I was a recipient (along with Silver River Chairs of Asheville, NC) of the Folklife Apprenticeship Grant/Award for 2020. So excited to continue learning from the best and very appreciative to the NC Arts Council and the NC Folklife Institute for this exciting opportunity.
We can certainly handle your furniture needs with care and you will love the results! We try and repair each piece, precisely as it was made -using old wood, old hand tools and usually traditional finishes, applied by hand.
Any customer input or ideas are welcome and always valued. Hope to hear from you soon!
Chisolm Leonard jr 2020
2020 NC Arts Council Folklife Apprenticeship Grant/Award (with Silver River Chairs, Asheville NC).
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Charleston, SC 2012
Garden and Gun Magazine
2015 "New Southern Huntboard"
Silver River Center for Chair Caning
Ramsey Legacy Moving
Whole Log Lumber
Reclaimed wood specialist
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