Amana Bench | Jameel Abraham
Amana Bench Making with Jameel Abraham
Learn to build a piece of history from the unique village of Amana, Iowa.
With origins in Europe, German immigrants brought the staked bench design to western New York in the late 18th century when they moved and established their religious community called Ebeneezer.
The community’s craftsmen built staked benches for their churches, then moved them to Amana, Iowa, in 1846. The original benches are still being used today for weekly worship. The Amana bench we’ll build in class is five feet long and fits nicely into any type of decor–modern or traditional.
The benches we make will have pine seats and backs with a hardwood undercarriage. We’ll use a mix of hand tool techniques and machinery to complete the project by the end of the week.
You’ll learn how to do angled mortises, sliding dovetails, turn spindles on the lathe, make drawbored mortise and tenon, layout rake and splay, and we’ll even use laser beams!
Be ready to learn the following key techniques:
- Drawbored mortise and tenon
- Angled through mortise
- Rake and Splay
- Sliding dovetails
- Basic Spindle turning
A lot is going on in this simple-looking piece, but once you finish the class, you’ll have the techniques at your command to go on to build chairs, tables, and other staked furniture using the same methods.
Please Note: Anticipate completing your bench by the end of the day on Friday. The School has added a half-day on Saturday (8:30am-12:00pm) as a just in case and will not be an instructor-led time. The School is offering it as a contingency day for last-minute things still that need to be completed. This time is optional for you.
Workshop Days: Sunday to Friday
Instruction Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
School Opens:. 8:30am – 6pm