Build the Original & Unique 'Hoop Stool' with David Haig September 8-13, 2020 (Tues-Sun )


$990 tuition + $85 materials

Key Points:
*Steam bending
*Combining all three for the seat
*Vacuum pressing
*Various Router techniques
*Hand shaping and whittling details

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This course offers participants the chance to build one of David’s iconic designs, the elegant, practical and very comfortable Hoop-Stool. It is a course that he has run yearly in New Zealand for over ten years as well as in Australia and the USA. It is an unusual woodworking project with some unique elements that make it interesting and challenging to build and a pleasure to take home. The stool building involves several key wood bending techniques; steam bending, kerf-bending and laminating, plus a technique that combines all three, to produce a sinuously recurved seat. Air-dried oak or ash will be the principal wood. Special jigs are used for the planer, table saw and bandsaw and there are also several critical operations involving the router. David has the male/female pattern cutting process down to a fine art and an excellent easy formula which can be applied in any number of situations. Hand skills are very much required too however, both in careful jointing as well as in shaping. And although the basic stool is to a pattern, there is a lot of scope for individual interpretation when it comes to the shaping and detailing; on the edges and ends of the seat, in the cross-sectional shape of the legs and hoop handles and on the laminated under stretcher. This chair is guaranteed to become one of your favorite pieces of furniture.