Owen Rein, Chairmaker

P. O. Box 1162 Mountain View, AR 72560


Twice nominated as an Arkansas Living Treasure, Owen Rein has been making his living using the old time woodworking tools and techniques for over 40 years.

Over the years he has created a line of chairs and bar stools to fit most every need. The signature pieces of this line are his large rocking chairs. Owen has spent twenty years perfecting the comfort of this design. These award-winning rocking chairs have found homes in the permanent collection of the Decorative Arts Museum in Little Rock, the White House, the Historic Arkansas Museum and many private collections.

Mr. Rein also makes White Oak Baskets using a set of traditional designs passed down to him by the late Wayman Evans. Recently, the Renwick Galley of the Smithsonian Art Museum in Washington DC has acquired two of Mr. Rein’s baskets.

To help keep this knowledge alive, Owen has published several articles about his woodworking, teaches classes, and gives lectures.

Owen built his rustic homestead on a secluded 40 acres in eastern Stone County.

Owen Rein

From Mountain View take Hwy 14 E. for about 10 miles. Turn LEFT on Hwy 58 and head north for about 4 miles. Turn LEFT at the top of the hill on to Turner Road W. Follow Turner Road W. for about a mile going STRAIGHT through the crossroads. Take a RIGHT onto Owen St. In less than ½ mile turn LEFT onto Owen Ave. Go Down the hill. Owen’s place is at the end of the road.