Make a Gothic Throne: Techniques from the 14th Century with Graham Blackburn May 9-13, 2022
Nowadays, every weekend woodworker has a shop equipped with tablesaws, routers and plate joiners. Competent woodworking seems to require an even greater attention to precision with setting up jointer knives, finely tuning the table saw fence and calibrating runout with micrometers. Even the simplest joinery is approached with an astonishing array of high-tech jigs. To consider the construction of even the simplest piece made in previous centuries without all this power and technology is almost inconceivable.
In this class, Graham will guide students through the process and techniques used to build an iconic Gothic Throne with no glue, screws, nails or power tools. The entire chair, except for the hinged seat, is made using frame-and-panel construction with mortis and tenon joinery. During the week, students will use ONLY hand tools to build the throne. This includes hand sawing, molding, carving, cut parts to size and how to do precision piercing. This class will bring students closer to an understanding of how furniture was made in the 14th century, and at the same time surprise students with both the sophistication of the work at that time and how much contemporary woodworking owes to these ancient woodworkers (of which Graham is one of them).