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).
I think a four-person class is nearly the ideal class size. Small enough that each student gets as much attention as they need. Small enough that the class can be gently adjusted to match the students’ interests. Having other students around makes for a jovial work environment and allows students to observe other’s work and to learn from each other. I truly think that many students get more out of a four-person class than they would from a one-on-one class.
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 materials are included in the class fee, plus a set of Curtis Buchanan’s plans for your chair.
FAN BACK SIDE CHAIR, February 20th to 24th, 2017 – $1000 – FULL
CONTINUOUS ARM CHAIR, March 20th to 25th, 2017 – $1200 – FULL
CONTINUOUS ARM CHAIR, May 15th to 20th, 2017 – $1200 – FULL
CONTINUOUS ARM CHAIR, June 12th to 17th, 2017 – $1200 – FULL
CONTINUOUS ARM CHAIR, December 4th to 9th, 2017 – $1200 – FULL
LOOP BACK SIDE CHAIR, January 22nd to 27th, 2018 – $1200
CONTINUOUS ARM SETTEE, February 19th to 24th, 2018 – $1400 – FULL
Send me an e-mail to register. If the class you want is full, don’t despair! Cancellations do happen, so e-mail me to be added to the wait-list.
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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.