The previous few years Vanessa came up and we drove to Hampshire County, West Virginia to take a Windsor chair class. This year I went it alone and had a fantastic time! I made a sackback settee and Charles made one alongside me.
Here are some highlights from the class.
Riving billets for the settee spindles, back bow, and arm bow using a froe and maul.
Cutting out the 2" seat blank with a bow saw.
Saddling the settee seat using a gutter adze to hollow out the seat.
Saddling the seat continues by cleaning up and shaping the seat using a drawknife, block plane, inshave (scorp), travisher, compass plane, spokeshave, and card scraper.
Driving a wedge into the leg tenons and seat.
Cleaning up the spindles that were created on a shaving horse with a drawknife then fork staff. Final cleanup using a card scraper.
Pounding the spindles into the seat with a dead blow hammer.
The finished chairs.
This is Charles Boland of Storybook Joinery. Charles is knowledgeable, not only in the areas of Windsor chairmaking, but the history as well. He willingly shares his knowledge and is so patient. Charles only takes on 1-2 students at a time so your time spent there is quality time. His classes are well worth the time and money. Be prepared to work hard. You won't be disappointed.
Some of the tools of the chairmaking trade you'll be using.
And as an extra bonus Maggie, the official shop dog, comes for visits.
And then there is Sam the cat who adopted the Boland family and rules the roost.
If you want to see Charles' work you might stop by one of his events.