Peter Galbert's Windsor Chair Class
Building a chair is on many a woodworker's list of things to try, and what better way to build your skills then to do it with the help of experienced chairmaker Peter Galbert.
This October, Highland Woodworking is offering a week-long, hands-on class in building a child's Windsor balloon back chair. Don't let the fact that this is a "child's" chair deter you - it can accommodate adults comfortably and is only referred to as a child's chair as it has an elevated, 21" high seat that will help your little ones reach a table or desk. But beyond its practical uses, the Balloon Back Windsor Chair will be a beautiful heirloom accent piece in any room of your house. And the best part is, you will have built it yourself!
The seven-day class is broken down into 2 days of lecture seminar on Saturday & Sunday, October 23rd & 24th, then a 5-day hands-on class where you get your hands dirty trying all aspects of traditional Windsor chair construction. Peter will teach wood technology, chair design and sharpening techniques needed for traditional chair making tools. Lectures and demonstrations will cover techniques such as riving off parts from the log, shaving them to dimension with a draw knife and steam bending the chair's bowed back. By the end of the week you will have an assembled chair ready for you to apply a finish when you get home.
Peter Galbert has been building chairs full time at his Jefferson, NY workshop for almost a decade. He teaches at select woodworking schools around the country and we are honored to have him offering this class at Highland Woodworking. His insights are shared on his Chair Notes blog, where he discusses his passion for teaching and building as well as thoughts about the life of a chairmaker.
Students of Peter Galbert's Windsor Chair building class will leave not only with the chair they build during the week in class, but also the skills they will need to build chairs on their own at home. The class is suitable for a wide range, from students new to Windsor chair building to more experienced woodworkers who have made a Windsor already but would like to add a new & distinct design to their repertoire. This class will provide a great chance to work hard, have fun, and learn a whole new way of woodworking!
For more details and signup information, check out our website. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!
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