Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Making a Windsor Settee Part I with David Wright

Dates: 6/16 - 6/20
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $1500
Deposit: $400

Masters Fellowship

This will surely be an ambitious endeavor conducted in 2-5 day sessions with a period in between for students to do additional work from their home workshops. The class will start by following the sequence required in making the Windsor settee without an interruption in workflow. That begins with wood selection in preparation for riving( splitting) out stock for the spindles and back arm. Starting with a white oak log, students will be given the opportunity to rive the wood for their necessary parts. With rough stock in hand, work proceeds to the shave horse with drawknife and spokeshave as principle tools for wood removal and shaping. When completed the spindles will be sent off to dry and the arm will be bent after a time in the steam box. At this time students will have constructed a bending form of their own. Before the first session is ended further instruction and work time will be devoted to turning techniques and seat carving. This will allow students to work from home in preparation for round two.

The second session will start with the fitting and assembly of the legs and stretchers that forms the undercarriage. Next comes the sizing and finish shaping of the spindles, dry fitting of the arm for the many spindle holes that need to be bored. This will take many hours of meticulous work in preparation of the final assembly. Once the arm and spindles are assembled your settee is nearly complete with only preparation for finishing to be done. Yes, many hours of work to get to this stage but the hard won accomplishment is at hand. It is the goal of this class to learn what can be accomplished with a small set of uncommon tools and a thoughtful work environment. One cool thing with this class is that it will be coupled at the same time as Making a Sculpted Settee, this will give both workshop an opportunity to see how both styles of chairs are made.

Key Points:

Learning to select proper wood
Working green wood
Riving techniques
Getting acquainted with the drawknife and spokeshave
Steam bending processes
Between centers turning
Seat carving
Understanding the math in determining angles
Design for comfort and aesthetics
Finishing options

NOTE - A cut list will be sent to registrants with a cut list. You will need to Bring Your Own Wood for this project.

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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Public Registration begins December 1, 2014. Please check back then to register online.

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