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The Master Craftsman


Saturday, May 25, at 11 AM

For more than 50 years, Richard Grell has been hand-crafting Windsor chairs on his Hudson, Ohio, property, using wood from his farm. His museum-quality chairs are owned by institutions, businesses and individuals across the country, including famous actors, musicians, Fortune 500 CEOs and presidents.

Many of his finest pieces reside in museums and schools across the United States including the Ong Library and Wilson Hall on the Western Reserve Academy campus and the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Washington, D.C. Sixty-five of his pieces were commissioned for the University of New England Alumni Hall in Portland, Maine. 

THE MASTER CRAFTSMAN is an intimate look into Grell’s woodworking skills and techniques. The local production is the work of Phillip Sieb, filmmaker and director, and Philip Leiter, a board member of Hudson Heritage Association, who served as the film’s director of photography. 


Premiered on PBS Western Reserve in 2023.

The Master Craftsman
Preview—The Master Craftsman
The 411 of a Windsor Chair
How to get started in woodworking
Woodworking Tips from Richard Grell
Woodworking Tricks from Richard Grell