Greenwood Side Chair Class
taught by Jeff Lefkowitz • Strasburg, Virginia
This chair is assembled without glue, instead relying on a unique combination of woods, grain orientation and moisture content for long-lasting joinery. It can be painted with milk paint as shown or finished with a clear finish. Very comfortable.
This six day class will take you, step-by-step, through the process of hand crafting a Boggs designed 2-slat greenwood side chair. Because class size is limited to two students, you get very personalized instruction and can work at your own pace. Every process is broken down into small, manageable steps so that you can concentrate on mastering one task at a time before moving onto the next. Whenever a new process is introduced, especially for hand shaping, you are given the opportunity to practice on spare material before working on your actual chair part. In addition to showing you how, I always explain why, so that you will understand underlying concepts and how each step fits into the big picture.
Learn how to
- Select lumber and mill parts for chairmaking
- Steam bend the rear legs and slats
- Hand shape curved and straight parts using a drawknife, spokeshave and scraper
- Work with angles and curved parts
- Use moisture content, grain orientation, and wood species to make a long-lasting joint without glue
- Assemble this chair without glue
- Sharpen chairmaking tools
- Weave a hickory bark seat
The class includes a 70+ page, fully illustrated manual, that documents the process for building your chair from beginning to end. It serves as a step-by-step reminder of the steps taught in class. Because the manual is so complete it minimizes or eliminates the need for you to take notes. This allows you to spend all your class time learning new techniques and working on your chair.
Part of the challenge of building a chair in your home shop is making the bending forms and jigs. The manual that is included in the class fee has drawings and dimensions for the every form and jig. For an additional fee there is a Template Set with masters you can use to template rout your own bending forms and slat mortising jig. And there is also a Jig Set with complete bending forms, drying forms, slat mortising jig, and drilling jigs.
The Class Experience
Although the manual should provide you with all the information you need to make this chair in your own shop I am also available, via e-mail, to answer questions as they come up.
All classes take place in my shop about 5 miles from Strasburg, Virginia, a small town located in the Shenandoah Valley about 75 miles west of Washington, DC. It is close to the intersection of I-81 and I-66 so it is easy to get to.
To ask questions or register for a class call 540-409-7680 or click here to contact me via e-mail
You can see the 2015 Chair Class Schedule here.
Class fee: $1,150. Includes 6 days of instruction, chair and seat materials, and fully illustrated manual. For an additional fee you can purchase the Template Set for making your own forms or the Jig Set with complete forms and other jigs.
Class size: Maximum of 2 students
Deposit: A $200 deposit is required to reserve a class spot