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In Memory of Richard Bergen

Richard BergenIt is with great sadness that I tell you Richard Bergen lost his courageous battle with Leukemia on Thursday, April 9, 2020. He was a close personal friend for over 20 years and a huge asset in the school. Richard took dozens and dozens of classes over the years and assisted in most of the beginning classes for many years. Every studio photograph of the school furniture projects was done by Richard- free of charge!

Richard never hesitated to jump in and help out any time we needed it and was a huge help to hundreds of students..

He will be sorely missed.

Bob Van Dyke

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 2020

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: $795.00 plus materials

Section 080320A: Monday – Saturday, August 3 – 8, 9.00am – 5:00pm

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All I can say is WOW!  Mike Mascelli is absolutely terrific!  

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