Colonial Chair Company

Chairmaking Classes:

Greenville Class

Demystify the art of chairmaking as you build your own chair utilizing traditional techniques. The history of chairmaking will be discussed along with the benefits of green wood joinery. You will be taught how to use an adz, gouge, file and spokeshave to shape the seat and spindles. We will also discuss steam bending. The bow and arm provided are already bent and you will be shaping them, using a file & spokeshave. All the turnings will be provided, already turned but still green. You will assemble the parts using jigs and fixtures to aid in the drilling and construction process. These chairs are literally built by eye and can easily be distinguished from the machine perfection of a factory reproduction.

In my one day stool class ($175) and three day chair class ($745), I provide all materials and tools needed to construct your chair. After completion of the chairs, finishing techniques will be discussed.

Chairmaking classes are taught at Woodcraft stores across the Southeast and at my shop in Kennesaw, GA.  Additionally, I teach various woodworking classes at The Dogwood Institute in Alpharetta, GA, the Woodcraft Store in Roswell, GA and at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC.

2010 Class Schedule

Date Class Location Contact
February 3, 4, 10, 11,  2010
Cabinetmaking Fundamentals
Woodcraft of Roswell
Roswell, GA
atlanta-retail@woodcraft.com or
770-587-3372
February 22, 23, 24, March 2, 3, 4,  2010
Fundamentals Of Woodworking Woodcraft of Roswell
Roswell, GA
atlanta-retail@woodcraft.com or
770-587-3372
March 21-27,  2010 Norwegian Bentwood Boxes John C. Campbell Folk School
Brasstown, NC
800-365-5724
April 23-25,  2010 Continuous Arm Windsor Chair
Living History Park
North Augusta, SC
678-637-7882
May 12, 13, 17, 18,  2010
Cabinetmaking Fundamentals Woodcraft of Roswell
Roswell, GA
atlanta-retail@woodcraft.com or
770-587-3372
June 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30,  2010 Fundamentals Of Woodworking Woodcraft of Roswell
Roswell, GA
atlanta-retail@woodcraft.com or
770-587-3372

July 16, 17, 18,  2010

Continuous Arm Windsor Chair


Woodcraft of Greensboro
Greensboro, NC

678-637-7882
July 19, 20, 22, 26,  2010
Cabinetmaking Fundamentals Woodcraft of Roswell
Roswell, GA
atlanta-retail@woodcraft.com or
770-587-3372
August 13, 14, 15,  2010 Fundamentals Of Woodworking Woodcraft of Roswell
Roswell, GA
atlanta-retail@woodcraft.com or
770-587-3372
September 22, 23, 29, 30,   2010 Cabinetmaking Fundamentals Woodcraft of Roswell
Roswell, GA
atlanta-retail@woodcraft.com or
770-587-3372
October 27, 28  November  3, 4,  2010
Shaker Table Woodcraft of Roswell
Roswell, GA
atlanta-retail@woodcraft.com or
770-587-3372
November 29, 30  December 1, 7, 8, 9,  2010 Fundamentals Of Woodworking Woodcraft of Roswell
Roswell, GA
atlanta-retail@woodcraft.com or
770-587-3372

December  12,  2010 
Shaker Boxes Woodcraft of Roswell
Roswell, GA
678-637-7882
Images from Three Day Class
adz Gouge Drill Seat Legs
Shaping the seat with an adz Refining the seat with a gouge Hand drilling leg holes in seat Measuring legs to length
Spokeshave Drill Spindles Arm Assembly class Picture
Shaping spindles with a spokeshave Drilling spindles holes in seat Dry fitting arm assembly Class Picture