Class Information

Tools: Bring your own tools or just use mine.

Pace: We will work at a pace that is comfortable to you. Class will cover the full construction of a chair, but painting, due to drying times, will have to be finished in your shop. Check out the painting how-to to understand this final, yet important, step. Chair legs will be turned by me prior to class starting.

Each chair is a little different, but generally your week will look like this:

  • Day 1 - Split out the green wood for spindles, arms, back, crest rail and bend the parts requiring it. From there, lots of spindle carving will ensue.
  • Day 2 - More spindle carving then begin preparing the seat for carving (layout, drilling and reaming).
  • Day3 -  Seat carving and more layout, drilling and reaming. Begin assembly!
  • Day 4 - Continue assembly of legs to seat and arms to seat. Get comfortable and begin fitting spindles.
  • Day 5 - Final fitting and final assembly.  

Amenities: The shop is air conditioned and heated with a wood stove. A kitchen and bathroom (with shower) are available for everyone. There is plenty of space to work with lots of windows to bring light inside. The timber frame shop provides a relaxed and comfortable place to build chairs.

Lunch will be provided. Enjoy home cooked meals or the occasional take out. Either way, you'll be properly fueled for a full day's work. Also, prepare to eat dessert with lunch - not everyone is accustomed to that. 

Please call or email soon to get signed up. The limited spaces fill quickly.                                    

2018 Class schedule

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