Classes, classes and more classes…

October 18, 2010

I don’t know if you remember, but a while ago I wrote a post talking about my missed opportunity to take a class with my friends at Highland Woodworking. On my bucket list of must do Woodworking projects is to build a Windsor style chair.

As I said then and it’s still true today, I’m intimidated by them. They’re far too pretty for a woodbutcher like myself to make, let alone trust that anyone who sits in mine wouldn’t find themselves on the floor shortly after cheeks meet the grain!

Coming up this weekend you have the opportunity to step in and take the class I couldn’t. Starting Saturday October 23, 2010 and running through October 29 learn how to “Build a Child’s Windsor Chair” with Peter Galbert.

According to Highland Woodworking’s website here’s a quick description of the class –

This 5 day hands-on class (plus 2 preliminary days of lecture seminar on Saturday and Sunday) will cover all aspects of traditional Windsor chair construction. Peter will discuss wood technology, chair design, and sharpening techniques used for traditional chair making tools. You’ll learn to rive off parts from the log, shave them to dimension with a draw knife and steam bend the chairs bowed back. Peter will demonstrate turning & provides turned chair parts (see note below). You will carve and sculpt the seat and assemble all the components so that you’ll be ready to apply a finish to the chair at home.

If you can’t make it for the entire class, you can still sign up for the “Windsor Chair Making Seminar” which is Saturday & Sunday –

In this two day seminar, chairmaker Peter Galbert, will help illuminate the processes involved in making a successful Windsor chair, revealing how green wood and hand tools combine to create this most iconic form of American furniture.

Peter will discuss the nuances of green woodworking & chair design, steam bending, and the proper use (and sharpening) of hand tools specific to Windsor chair making. He’ll demystify the complex angles, curves & joinery involved while demonstrating how hand tools are the most effective way to build an heirloom chair.

If you can make it, let me know how it all goes. I really wish I could be there myself!

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  1. Rick Lasita says:

    Hi Matt, I drop in frequently to see what you are writing about and this article caught my attention. I built my first Windsor Chair, a Sack Back, but took the class at The Windsor Institute and Mike Dunbar. Like you, I found these chair intimidating and I have been working wood for over 20 years. I am intimidated no more and can’t wait to build another one. You can see mine on my blog and you can also see some photos of the week I spent in New Hampshire. I hope you get to build yours soon.

    • Matt says:

      I would love to make it up to Mike’s school for a class. It’s been recommended every time I’ve mentioned my bucket list lol!

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