Oct 28, 2024 - Nov 1, 2024 | 9:00 - 5:00 $1,250.00
David Douyard is a chairmaker building Windsor and ladderback chairs in his shop in northwest Connecticut. He started as an apprentice to a New York furniture maker and later had more formal training at Palomar College studying furniture design. He moved from furniture into building chairs more than 20 years ago having studied under several Windsor and ladderback chairmakers. He has been awarded Top Artisan by Early American Life magazine and has several of his Windsor chairs featured in the magazine. He was awarded Editor’s Choice Award for Seating for a Windsor Sack Back Settee by Popular Woodworking and was recognized by The Society of American Period Furniture Makers. David builds both contemporary and traditional chairs and teaches chairmaking and weaving in his and other shops in the country.
Learn the Craft of Windsor Chairmaking
Classic Windsor side chair that incorporates all aspects of Windsor chair building. The class focuses on hand tool skills and green woodworking techniques.
This class will take you, step-by-step, through the process of hand crafting a Windsor Fan Back chair. It covers every aspect of making a Windsor style chair, beginning with lumber selection, chairmaking tools, hand shaping parts, working with compound angles, all the way through final assembly.
The building of this Windsor chair will be primarily with hand tools. (all turned parts will be provided) with a concentration on the making of a strong chair joint.
Key Learning Points:
Using hand tools: drawknife, spokeshave, reamer, scorp and scraper
Layout and drill compound angles
Use of tapered mortise and tenon joints
Use moisture content and grain orientation to make a long-lasting joint
Assembly using hide glue
Join celebrated chair maker, David Douyard for this jam-packed week and leave with a handcrafted chair.