From 1995 to 2005 I worked with John Alexander, author of “Make a Chair From a Tree” and resurrector of green woodworking, focusing on 17 century techniques and tools. And Drew langsner author of books outlining homesteading and then “The Chair Makers Workshop” a compilation of how to make many different styles of chairs and founder of Country Workshops, a craft school specializing in keeping the spirit of real and quality craft alive. These two are the unsung heroes of modern chairmaking.
I fell in love with working wood in this way when I was in my twenties, the goal was to create something like CW where people can learn this style of woodworking while meeting others and experiencing what trees have to offer and the value within. Other classes I offer are more machine oriented and have a lot to offer. If you want a true hand tool and tree experience then this class is a must! And it will make you a better machine tool woodworker as well.
Use of the necessary shop tools and materials included.
In this five day green woodworking class we make a single slat post and rung chair. The parts will be split out of an Oak log with wedges and gluts, further splitting with a froe.
Then shape the rungs and post on a shave bench with a draw knife and spoke shave.
Important topics are drying wood, wood orientation, steam bending the back post. Making tenons and mortise and tenon joinery.