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.)

 

 

 

 

 

LEARN HOW TO

  • 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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