Make a New Lebanon Shaker Rocking Chair with Dale & Lerums August 15-19, 2022
Come back to Mount Lebanon in the 1870’s and imagine the bustling Shaker workshops turning out thousands of chairs and rocking chairs every year. Now imagine making your own at MASW in 2022! In this workshop students will discover the identifying characteristics of the Mount Lebanon rocking chair and how to repeatedly produce them with templates. Working hand in hand with instructors, students will shape, and steam bend the chair’s back slats. At the lathe, students will turn the front legs and spindles! Using hand tools, students will mark and pound out perfectly sized mortises and fit the rockers. After final assembly and turning some mushroom finials for the arms, students will weave their own cane seat. Students will leave with an iconic furniture piece and the skills and resources to produce more.