Aspen Golann is an artist and a 17th & 18th century-style furniture maker living in North Carolina. Her furniture work mixes art with classic American furniture forms to make subtle statements about gender and power in the world of craft. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and is published in Fine Woodworking, Lost Art Press, Luxe, Art New England, and artscope.
Windsor Chairs – An Intro to Chair Making
Take your first step into chair making with Aspen Golann! This classic and elegant design will fit into a wide variety of decorating styles, it is also an excellent woodworking skill builder.You’ll walk away with a contemporary Windsor side chair, designed to teach you the critical aspects of chair making. You will also learn the simple steps of drafting your own design, creating original patterns, and making full scale or miniature mockups from a stick drawing. All these are skills that you can apply to any furniture building project you take on.
Some of the key learning points include:
Bending wood using steam
Understanding bending forms
Using a shave horse
Efficient use of chair making hand tools
Compound drilling & Use of lasers
Don’t worry if you are new to woodworking – this class will build your skills and deepen your appreciation for the strength and versatility of wood. If you are an experienced Windsor chairmaker, it will give you the confidence to fabricate your own designs.
Materials & Books Needed:
Materials: Provided by the School
Books: OPTIONAL The Chairmaker’s Notebook by Peter Galbert (the School has a couple of copies for purchase while here)
We recommend you bring with you:
A curved card scraper (we have a limited #of sets for sale here $17+tax)
OPTIONAL If you have them we would also suggest you bring:
Travishers (heavy and fine)
Tuition and Materials Fees:
Studio & Materials Fee: $250
First Time Registration Fee: $45 if you are registering for the first time.