Chicone Cabinetmakers offers a five-day Windsor chair making class several times throughout the year. Traditional green woodworking techniques are used as students build a bench-made sack-back Windsor chair.
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Chicone Cabinetmakers' School of Windsor offers a five-day Windsor chair making class several times throughout the year. Traditional green woodworking techniques are used as students build a bench-made sack-back Windsor chair. At the end of the class students will have their individually handcrafted chair and the experience needed to craft Windsor chairs in their home workshop.
We start the week with a general course overview and orientation. After reviewing tool sharpening and preparing your tools, you will rive spindle, bow, and arm stock from green logs, then begin whittling stock on the shave horse.
You will finish roughing out your spindles, arms, and bow, steam bend the bow and then start the drying process. A lathe demonstration will feature turning techniques typically used in the Windsor chair making process. You will learn how to sharpen your spoke shave, and begin the final shaping of your spindles.
We will mark-up, drill and begin carving your pine plank seat. We will fit the legs in the seat, and measure for the stretchers. Finally you will finish carving the seat and shaping the spindles.
Your chair is really beginning to take shape, you will shape and smooth your bent bow and assemble the seat with legs and spindles.
Final assembly includes leveling your chair, removing protruding leg tenons, and fitting the spindles and bow to your chair. There will be a milk paint application demonstration, so you can finish your chair once you take it home. For an additional fee we will be happy to apply milk paint finish to your chair and ship it to your desired location (we can provide an estimate based on your shipping location).