Awards, Exhibitions and Testimonials


  • The Cultural Center of Fine Arts, Parkersburg, West Virginia, regional award winner 2002
  • The Cultural Center of Fine Arts, Parkersburg, prize winner Wood & Fiber Show 1999-2000


  • Design in Wood Show, San Diego, 2005
  • Kentucky Museum of Art + Design; Rocking Chairs, Contemporary Seating at Its Best, Louisville, Kentucky
  • The West Virginia Art & Craft Guild show 2002-2003, Wheeling West Virginia
  • Artisan Center & Museum in the Community, Hurricane, West Virginia
  • Gallery Exhibition, American Woodworker Show, Philadelphia
  • Tamarack, the world class crafts center located near Beckley, West Virginia


Southern Living Magazine

  • "I can't begin to describe how thrilled I am with our beautiful rocking chair!!! Doug was planning (hoping) to put it in his home office, but after seeing it I moved a chair out of our living room to accommodate this work of art. Fred, it is even more wonderful then I remembered-The wood on the headrest is especially attractive!!! Thank you for the wonderful addition to our home."Charlotte, NC


  • "Yes your rocking chair is for the US ambassador's residence. I plan to put it on the front porch where I can rock and sit and think and rock"The Island of Mauritius


  • "There's something about the Colonel Jackson rocking chair that makes you stop short at Tamarack, West Virginia's showcase of art and craft work. It looks antique, but when you sit, it's roomy---lots of space. Fred Friar makes the chairs...You sit a bit longer in Fred Friar's chair and decide you're downright glad you live today."Southern Living, April 2003


  • "I have always admired your work - your furniture has so much soul. I'm a Virginia transplant to Kentucky, so I stop at Tamarack whenever I can and saw this (Baron) rocker recently. Have to admit the Slugger rocker is pretty darn cool, as well."Louisville, KY

Fred Friar
Handcrafted Chairs
P.O. Box 1
Lavalette, W.V. 25535
Telephone: 304-523-1124
E-mail: fred@friarpatch.com

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