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The Ogle family has been in woodworking for four generations, since 1915, in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, near Gatlinburg, in eastern Tenn.
"I don't think I ever decided to be a chairmaker," says Randy Ogle.
But the owner of The Chair Shop has made chairs and other furniture for nearly 40 years. He learned from his father, Wade, who learned from his father, Isaac. Isaac Ogle learned from an aunt, Mary L. McCarter Ownby.
"You grow up with it, helping in the family trade. By the time you're 17, 18, you're a pretty good hand in the shop," says Ogle.
After "looking around" as a young man I returned home to work in the family business.
He uses some of his father's and grandfather's tools. Like them, he builds custom furniture and chairs, to smaller items like bowls, rolling pins and cutting boards.
"This is a custom shop; we will build about anything. I'm doing what my grandfather, and my father did, and I am satisfied."