Craft an elegant and intriguing piece of furniture, and learn the basics of the craft by examining Velda’s Arm Chair. Designed by Curtis Buchanan, this showstopping piece combines traditional Windsor construction techniques with a contemporary look. Hickory sapwood spindles contrast with the walnut (or cherry) crest and turnings. Butternut is soft and light, making a perfect seat. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to build a chair of this complexity in a workshop setting. In addition to the chair, each student takes home a shaving horse, built by the class using small-scale production techniques.
Media & Techniques:
We primarily use hand tools for the chair making, with the exception of the lathe, band saw and cordless drill. Emphasis is on learning techniques that allow you to build more chairs at home. We use sawn lumber in this class, excepting the riven spindles and crest.
Students shave spindles from riven hickory using a drawknife and shaving horse. We then steam bend spindles and crest. We turn legs from sawn walnut or cherry, and carve a butternut seat with hand tools. Finally, we assemble the chair using wet/dry joinery techniques, and apply shellac if time permits. We also make a shaving horse using small-scale production techniques.
Elia Bizzarri rives, hews, shaves and turns elegant Windsor chairs in his central North Carolina workshop using traditional tools and techniques. Since 2002, he has built Windsor chairs and taught chairmaking full-time. Elia regularly teaches at Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s School as well as other schools around the country.