Build a Windsor Sack Back Chair with Chairmaker David Douyard

Dave Douyard Sack Back 800This six-day class course will take you, step-by-step, through the process of building a traditional Windsor Sack Back Chair, entirely by hand. It will cover every aspect of making a Windsor chair, beginning with lumber selection, riving parts out of a log, hand shaping, working with compound angles, all the way through final assembly.  Concentration will be on the making of a strong chair joint.  The building of this Windsor chair will be primarily with hand tools. (Due to the limitations of time all the turned parts will be provided.)







  • Select lumber and mill/rive parts for Windsor chairmaking
  • Use hand tools: drawknife, spokeshave, reamer, adz, scorp and scraper
  • Learn how to work with a shaving horse
  • Steam bending: shape and steam bend the arm and bow
  • Layout and drill compound angles
  • Utilize moisture content and grain orientation to make a long-lasting joint
  • Assembly using traditional hide glue

Some specialized handtools will be required (in addition to the "general tool list" below). That list will be posted here early 2021

David Douyard is a well-known chairmaker in Northwest Connecticut. His work has been featured in several magazines and he has taught contemporary and Windsor chairmaking extensively.

Sign up today. Space is strictly limited

Tuition: $945.00 plus materials

Section 071221A: Monday – Saturday, July 12 - 17, 9.00am – 5:00pm

 general tool list    (will open in a new window)

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