Spend a week in a professional chairshop building a Windsor chair. Starting with a log, you will split parts with a froe, work them down with a drawknife, and steam bend the back. You will hollow the seat with inshaves and travishers, bore the holes freehand, and assemble the chair using wet/dry joinery to lock the chair together.
My shop is located in the woods of Orange County, North Carolina. A five minute drive brings you to the quaint shops of Hillsborough. The lively college town of Chapel Hill is twenty scenic minutes to the south. A number of bed-and-breakfasts and hotels are located nearby, and Chapel Hill has more restaurants than a horse has fleas, if your appetite can withstand the analogy.
All tools are provided, but you are encouraged to bring your favorite tools, or any tools that you want help tuning and sharpening. Emphasis will be placed on learning skills and techniques that you can take home with you (of course you get your chair too).
My goal is to teach you how to build chairs at home on your own. All aspects of the chair building process will be covered in detail, except for turning and finishing. I have no secrets and am happy to answer all questions as time permits.
Backs and spindles will be riven from oak logs and seats will be carved from a single piece of white pine. Due to time limitations, the turned parts (legs, stretches, etc.) will be provided. At class’s end, the chairs will be assembled and ready for you to finish at home. All tools and materials are provided, plus you get a set of Curtis Buchanan’s plans for your chair. No prior experience of any kind is needed to attend the class (unless otherwise noted).
LOOP BACK SIDE CHAIR, January 22nd to 27th, 2018 – $1200 – FULL
CONTINUOUS ARM SETTEE, February 19th to 24th, 2018 – $1400 – FULL (returning students only)
CONTINUOUS ARM CHAIR, March 19th to 24th, 2018 – $1200 – FULL
COMB BACK ROCKER, May 14th to 19th, 2018 – $1400 – One spot left (returning students only)
CONTINUOUS ARM CHAIR, June 11th to 16th, 2018 – $1200 – FULL
LOOP BACK SIDE CHAIR, August 13th to 18th, 2018 – $1300*
CONTINUOUS ARM CHAIR, December 3rd to 8th, 2018 – $1300*
*Includes amazingly delicious lunches by Seth Elliott
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You have the choice of which chair to build. The best option for a first-time chairmaker is probably a fan back or loop back. Continuous arm and sack back are also possibilities. More complicated chairs may be possible if you have previously studied with me (or another instructor I can vouch for). Classes run Monday through Friday.
$1700 per person — subject to availability
Bring your friends! Two or more students: $1400 each
Need turning instruction? Want to make a stool? I am happy to teach shorter classes on a variety of topics, customized to match your specific interests. Classes can be scheduled for any weekdays.