Immerse yourself in the tools, techniques and mindset of 18th Century chairmakers. Working from period designs (including one by Cape Cod’s Samuel Wing) we’ll build a loop back entirely with handtools. In the process we’ll become immersed in a pre-industrial mindset emphasizing strength and speed over precision. We’ll use a method of assembling chairs unknown in living memory, a method so shockingly simple that is requires almost no measuring. (Note: if you love building chairs that are measured in thousandths, you may want to look at my modern chairmaking classes where modern precision remains supreme.)
Unlike most of my chairmaking classes, we’ll do some turning: the center stretchers will be split from an oak log and turned it on a foot-powered pole lathe. Bows will be split from a log, profiled with planes and steam bent. Seats will be carved from a single piece of white pine. Tenons will be turned on the pole lathe and mortises bored with spoon bits (or a bit brace). Due to time and drying limitations, most of the turned parts (legs, side stretchers, spindles) will be provided.
Emphasis will be placed on learning skills and techniques that you can take home with you (of course you get your chair too). All aspects of the chair building process will be covered in detail, except for finishing. I have no secrets and am happy to answer all questions as time permits.
Class size is limited to four students. All tools and materials are provided. No prior experience of any kind is needed to attend the class. Simple lunches are provided (soup, salads, do-it-yourself grilling or build-your-own sandwiches for example).
A $200 deposit is required to register. If written cancellation is received up to two months before the class start date, a 50% refund will be provided. Within two months no refund is offered.
18th CENTURY LOOP BACK SIDE CHAIR, January 22nd to 27th, 2024 – $1800
Sold out – email me to be added to the waitlist
If the class you want is full, don’t despair! Cancellations might happen, so email me to be added to the waitlist.