I am currently working on my new book project and some chair orders.  I am unsure when I will start teaching classes in my shop again, but I do have one class booked in the NC mountains that I am co-teaching with a friend:


July 16-28th, 2023
Jennie Alexander Ladderback & Windsor Table with Elia Bizzarri and Eric Cannizzaro
Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC

I’ll post any updates to my teaching schedule via my blog.  In the meantime, you can check out my online classes.

Emphasis will be placed on learning skills and techniques that you can take home with you. I have no secrets and am happy to answer all questions as time permits. Most tools are provided and all materials are included in the class fee. Amazingly delicious lunches featuring local and organic ingredients are provided by a local chef.

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.

Continuous Arm Settee
January 27th to February 1st, 2020 – $1700

Comb Back Rocker
March 8th to 13th, 2020 – $1700

Continuous Arm Chair
May 11th to 16th, 2020 – $1500 CANCELLED

Continuous Arm Chair
August 24th to 29th, 2020 – $1500 CANCELLED

Greenwood Week
September 14th to 18th, 2020 – $1000 CANCELLED

Continuous Arm Chair
November 16t to 21st, 2020 – $1500 – CANCELLED

Loop Back for Women
December 7th to 12th, 2020 – $1500 CANCELLED

If the class you want is full, don’t despair! Cancellations might happen, so email me to be added to the waitlist.

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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.

$2500 per person — subject to availability ON HOLD FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE

Bring your friends! Each additional student: $1800


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.




“Elia! Thank you SO MUCH. The time just flew by for me. You are so quick to smile and laugh and make it all sound so simple … creating a laid-back setting from the very first day. I love the way you cruise the shop and step in with a ‘laying on of hands’ at those moments when we’re not quite getting it, yet not so often that we might feel like we’re not getting it.”
– Herb Forsberg

Take a glimpse into a chairmaking class in these photos of my rocking chair workshop at The Woodwright’s School by student Emily Neel, and this series of videos by Shannon Rogers, The Renaissance Woodworker.

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Fine lunches provided by a local chef

“…the food was unbelievable.” Anonymous sudent

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