Cabinetmaker's Stick Chair with Christopher Schwarz September 9-13, 2019


$825 tuition, a cut list will be sent so you can BYOW
Key Points:
*Fully understand compound angles without the benefit of trigonometry (or numbers)
*Drill holes at any angle and nail it every time
*Shape compound and complex curves with a bandsaw and rasp
*Use tapered mortise and tenon joints – and wedges – to create joints that get tighter through time
*Quickly carve a comfortable seat
*Apply milk paint and clear finishes on chairs

Sold Out. Please Call Paula at 317-535-4013 to be added to the waiting list.


Build a comfortable stick armchair in the Welsh tradition using tools and materials that are familiar to the typical woodworker. If chair making intimidates you, you aren’t alone. The tools, materials and processes seem to require a pledge of allegiance to an entirely different craft that uses green wood, shave horses and steam boxes. It doesn’t have to be that way.
With a bit of cleverness and (mostly) standard woodworking tools, anyone can build an extremely comfortable stick armchair using woods from the local lumberyard (or even your scrap bin) and tools already in your shop.
For the last two decades, Chris has dedicated himself to learning all modes of chairmaking, from building them with green wood and traditional tools to making chairs with routers, high-tech compression wood and complex jigs. The chair for this class uses a mix of tools that students will probably already own (plus a few new ones), wood that they have in the scrap bin and skills that have already been honed. Anyone who can reliably sharpen their hand tools, saw to a line and hold a cordless drill can build this chair. The form is inspired by historic examples of 18th- and 19th-century stick chairs from Wales that have been refined by John Brown and Christopher Williams – two of Chris’ favorite chair makers. He designed his version starting with an 18th-century chair shown in a book by Richard Bebb. And Chris stripped it back to what is pictured here – a comfortable chair with clean lines.

There is an annual, nonrefundable registration fee of $45.

This registration fee is not a part of the class fee and is not deducted from the final balance due. This is the financial binding that locks you into the class and starts the registration process. This fee does not apply to students who only take one single day workshop.