I come from a very creative household, my mother is a textile artist and my father is an architect. Throughout my childhood they instilled the value of making things by hand, quality work comes from attention to detail, and to highlight imperfections and irregularities instead of trying to hide them. Prior to woodworking I worked as a cook in restaurant kitchens. In those environments I learned that the finished product can only be as good as the quality of the ingredients you start with. You must treat the ingredients and the tools of preparation with reverence and respect. You can learn an infinite amount from the people who have come before you but you also cannot let previous experience stifle your creativity. I have found that all of these principles apply to woodworking and furniture making. My ultimate goal is to transform a natural product into something that brings someone comfort and happiness.
Intro to Chair Making
Danish Modern Lounge Chair
In this class, we will meld both project work with establishing a fundamental understanding of chair making.
The project is a clean-lined Danish Modern-inspired folding lounge chair with a woven seat and back. It is a great introduction if you have not yet tackled building a chair. We will shape and construct all of the wooden components for a folding chair using a combination of hand and power tools, make our own brass hardware, and weave the seat and back out of leather.
Key Learning Points
You will learn about:
Geometry and ergonomics are behind what makes certain chairs comfortable and others not
Danish Modern furniture movement as a whole and its profound impact on so much of the furniture we interact with today
Using templates to create & pattern route multiple matching chair components
Cutting joinery for pieces that contain angles or curves
Creating custom brass hardware
Cutting mortise and tenon joints
Weaving with leather
I hope this class provides students with the opportunity to evolve their design, planning and execution skills – when something is simple there is nowhere to hide!
Skill Level: Some familiarity with routers, a bandsaw, and general woodworking equipment would be ideal. We recommend our Beginning Woodwork Class. You will be on your feet most of the class moving around to different tools and working at their workbench. There will be some repetitive fine motor tasks such as weaving the seats and backs.