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Make a Chippendale Chair with Alf Sharp

chippendale_chair_Alf_Sharp_class_100dpiAmerican Chippendale chairs are some of the most admired forms in the realm of furniture. To many woodworkers chairs are often considered too complicated and intimidating to take on. This is not true. With some coaching, and learning a few “tricks of the trade”, anyone with basic woodworking skills can complete a beautiful example of this American icon. The example we have chosen to reproduce could very well have been made in the Connecticut Valley. The lines are pure and there’s just enough decorative carving to make this chair suitable for even the most elegant dining rooms.

In this class the student will experience laying-out and sculpting a cabriole leg, fashioning angled mortise and tenons, using a spokeshave and rasp to attain shapes not possible with any power tool, and scroll-cutting a pierced splat. We’ll discover how to flush-cut all the flowing joinery found on such a chair. Several clever but simple jigs will be made. The principles of proportioning, which elevated American furniture to the head of the class, will be discussed.  Most of the work will be done with a rather simple kit of traditional hand tools.

You can do this. Join us, surprise yourself, and strike wonderment in the hearts of your friends and family.

Alf Sharp is one of this country’s première furniture makers. He works out of his Tennessee workshop, specializing in 18th century American and English designs.

Alf is the recipient of the 2008 Cartouche award from The Society of American Period Furniture Makers. He is a member of the executive committee of the Furniture Society. Recent work can be seen in the magazine Woodwork, Feb. 2008 issue,  and on his web-site,

Sign up today for this truly unique class. Tuition $795.00 plus materials

   Section 091111A: Sunday - Friday, September 11 - 16, 9:00am - 5:00pm


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