Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Basic Upholstery with Mike Mascelli

Dates: 8/2 - 8/3
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $275
Materials: $45
Deposit: $125

This "working demonstration" will provide an overview of the history, tools, techniques and materials of both traditional and modern upholstery and teach skills with which participants can complete simple upholstery projects. Mike will set up a complete working shop and invite students to walk through a full range of traditional and modern techniques. Saturday includes "A Lively Guide to a Dying Art", and "A Very Brief History of Chairs", presentations enhanced with samples of the tools and materials portrayed. Then on to the cutting and fitting of various slip seat covers where students will learn how to successfully complete similar projects using common tools. Sunday features "A Tale of Two Chairs", showing the contrast between traditional work on a period armchair, and modern methods on an armchair from the 1940's. Students will try basic webbing and spring tying, where they learn the classic method for hand tying coil springs. Repair techniques include how do "blind" stitches and the neatest way to replace a missing button without opening the chair! Students will receive a booklet of excerpts, a reading list, and of sources of supply. This class is for anyone with an interest in the tools, terminology, and tricks of the upholstery trade, and will be a prerequisite for any future upholstery class.

Key Points:

Learn the history of upholstery
Identify traditionally upholstered pieces and modern pieces
Basic tools and materials of the upholstery trade
See how to completely upholstery a simple slip seat using commonly available tools
Learn how to properly stretch upholstery webbing
Proper method for hand tying coil springs and zigger springs
Simple upholstery repairs including blind stitching, and button replacement

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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