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.
Bench Making Windsor Chair Techniques
A great toes in the water class. An early introduction to the art of making chairs, except in this case a nice entryway bench.
You will learn about classic Windsor chair-building techniques, including laying out compound angles, drilling and reaming compound angles, and stretcher construction. No you do not have to be a math wiz to do this.
This class is very hands on and you will learn step-by-step about chair construction beginning with lumber selection, chairmaking tools, working with compound angles, and assembly. Concentration will be on the making of a strong joint that is used in chair construction.
LEARN HOW TO
Layout and drill compound angles
Use of tapered mortise and tenon joints
Measure and join stretchers
Use moisture content and grain orientation to make a long-lasting joint