JUNE 2023 UPDATE
I am currently working on my new book project and some chair orders. I am running a limited number of classes this year and will probably run more next year:
TRADITIONAL WHEELBARROW, October 2nd-7th, 2023 with Peter Ross and Elia Bizzarri (class is at Elia’s shop in Hillsborough, NC)
18TH CENTURY LOOP BACK CHAIR, January 22nd to 27th, 2024 with Elia Bizzarri (class is at Elia’s shop in Hillsborough, NC)
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.
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
“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
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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.