Chairmaking Classes

 

 

 

 

 

"I have been making
Windsor chairs for 7
years and sell at craft
shows. I came hoping
to learn a few new
techniques and left
with a completely new
method of chair making
that will greatly improve
the quality of my chairs."
Doug McAvoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. .

Teaching


In my shop


My shop is nearly done and I am ready to start booking classes for 2014. I will teach two kinds of classes; a limited number of one-on-one classes (mostly filled) and something new, a four person chair class.

Four person class

I've wanted to do this for years, but have never had a shop big enough till now. I think a four person class is pretty nearly the ideal class size. It is small enough that each student gets as much attention as they need, small enough that the class can be gently adjusted to match the students' interests. The class doesn't need to be as rushed as a big class.

Yet having other students around makes for a jovial work environment and allows students to observe each other's work and learn from each other. I truly think many students get more out of a four person class than they do a one-on-one class.

Continuous Arm Chair: September 22nd-27th, 2014
FULL, but I can put you on the wait list
$900

One-on-One

Spend a week in a professional chairshop building a Windsor chair. Starting with a log you will split parts with a froe, work them down with a drawknife and steam bend the back. You will hollow the seat with inshaves and travishers, bore the holes freehand and assemble the chair using wet/dry joinery to lock the chair together. Turning instruction is covered. Turned parts are also available depending on what skills you wish to emphasize.

My shop is located in the woods of Orange County, North Carolina. A five minute drive brings you to the quaint shops of Hillsborough, while 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.

All tools are provided, but you are encouraged to bring your favorite tools or any you want help tuning and sharpening. Emphasis will be placed on learning skills and techniques that you can take home with you (of course you get your chair too). One student at a time is usually my limit, but a pair of friends is also welcome.

Tuition is $1500 per person

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. $300/day


At Schools


I will be teaching the following classes at schools around the country:

Continuous Arm chairmaking class at Roy Underhill's The Woodwright's School from May 12th to 18th, 2014 in Pittsboro, NC.

New! Dave Sawyer and I are teaching a Comb Back chairmaking class at Warren Wilson College from July 14th to 20th, 2014 in Asheville, NC.

Continuous Arm class at the Northwest Woodworking School in Portland, OR from August 18th to 23rd, 2014.

Sack Back class at the Northwest Woodworking School in Portland, OR from August 25th to 30th, 2014.