This class will be a combination lecture, demonstration and hands-on session which will provide an overview of the history, tools, techniques and materials of upholstery. Mike will set up a complete working shop including a collection of historic and modern tools, and cover the full range of traditional hand sewn, and modern upholstery methods. Presentations include “A Lively Look at a Dying Art”, which will be enhanced with demonstrations illustrating the tools and techniques portrayed, and some step-by-step guides showing a number of common upholstery projects. This is a hand tool focused class and students will complete an open frame slip seat by stretching and tacking webbing, cutting and fitting the foundation, lofting, and show cover materials, and installing a proper dust cover. And then building on these new skills, complete a small coil sprung footstool, by hand tying the springs, learning basic cutting and folding techniques, and then finishing off the corners with proper blind stitches. Students are encouraged to bring their own hand tools, but all necessary tools will be available for those who need them. Slip seat and footstool frames and all necessary materials will be provided. The class will also include a discussion and demonstrations of common repair techniques such as replacing buttons without having to open up the chair! The class is for anyone with an interest in the tools, terminology and techniques of the upholstery trade.