Peter Follansbee began learning traditional woodworking in 1980 when he attended John D. Alexander's second chairmaking course at Drew Langsner’s Country Workshops in Marshall, North Carolina. He continued to attend workshops there; studying a number of techniques; timber framing, basketry, spoon and bowl carving, Windsor chairmaking, etc.
Following the inspiring example of one of his teachers there, Daniel O’Hagan, Follansbee gave away his power tools in the mid-1980s. He does not miss them.
Starting about 1988 he and Jennie Alexander, a Baltimore attorney, began their investigation of 17th-century style joinery. This became Follansbee’s sole woodworking focus.
Peter has been employed as the joiner at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts since 1994.
His work is seen in museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Chipstone Foundation’s collection at the Milwuakee Art Museum.
Peter writes for American Furniture, published by the Chipstone Foundation, and for Popular Woodworking Magazine.
Peter has made three DVDs on carving and joinery with Lie-Nielsen Toolworks.
In 2011, Follansbee and Alexander’s book on joinery, Make a Joint Stool from a Tree was published by Lost Art Press.