and the remarkable thoughts of the children that inspired their creation
by Saul Shapiro
At first glance, this would appear to be a book about the design and building of furniture, in particular a pair of chairs. But it is actually a book about memory and love, about the passage of time and the passing of one generation to the next.
Frances and Spencer Shapiro are twin siblings, born May 16, 1996. In "Two Chairs" their father Saul explores his journey through woodworking and his experience as a father watching his children grow. He offers advice gleaned from his life as a woodworker. It is a story of inspiration, learning, beauty and pride. It is their story writ in wood.
Despite his children's assertions to the contrary, Saul Shapiro was once a child as well. He was born June 23, 1956 to Florence and Seymour Shapiro of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY After his father passed away in 1961, Florence took the family to the nearby village of Dobbs Ferry, where Saul and his older brother Mitchell lived their formative years. Saul graduated with honors from Dobbs Ferry High School in 1974. His academic training includes materials science (Brown), manufacturing engineering and management (MIT) and he dropped out of architecture school (Harvard) after one year. Through all of this, he learned one thing; "If it doesn't fit one way, turn it around." He gets the most joy from spending time with his children, Frances and Spencer.