Early American chair of turned wood parts, made from ash or maple, with rush seats. A Carver chair is a specific type of dining chair that typically has arms. It was originally designed to be used at the head of a dining table, where the person sitting in that chair, known as the carver, would be able to easily carve meat or serve dishes. Carver chairs are typically larger and more elaborate than the other dining chairs and often have upholstered seats and backs. They can also be used as accent chairs in other areas of the home.