Explore the essentials of chair making through design and construction techniques to create a fine, hand-made chair, which is an expression of the maker. Consider chair making from the design stage through the construction process with a focus on comfort, aesthetics and strength. The finer points of woodworking include selecting wood grain that works harmoniously with chair design as well as construction techniques.
Begin by developing sketches and design skills for chairs. Work with solid lumber and review the milling process for furniture making. Use of traditional woodworking techniques such as mortise and tenon joinery, shaping wood by hand, working with curves, and compound angles. Review of seat-frame construction and upholstery are covered, as well as finishing techniques.
Furniture making techniques are demonstrated each day along with assignments that put those techniques into practice. Explore sketching, generating ideas and mock ups for chair design along with demonstrations of various woodworking techniques used to make chairs.
Craig Vandall Stevens is the executive director at Philadelphia Furniture Workshop. He studied furniture making at College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking program and went on to design and build one-of-a-kind furniture professionally for nearly 30 years. He is the author of his book, The Fine Art of Marquetry.