Gustav Stickley is an icon of the American Arts & Crafts period of the early 20th century, and his #369 Morris Chair is the best example of what is a “bucket list” project for many woodworkers. Join Bob, author of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture and former executive editor of Popular Woodworking magazine for a week long class to build an authentic reproduction of a bent-arm Morris chair, featured on the cover of the April 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking. During the week students will also see slides of original pieces and learn more about the history of this period.
Quartersawn white oak is the traditional choice for this chair, but it can be built from any quality hardwood. The joinery is all mortise and tenon, and during class students will learn to make these joints without fussing or fiddling. The curved slats for the backs will be made with bent laminations, and the legs will be laminated and veneered to display attractive figure on all four faces. Don’t worry about the arm; there is a trick to making the bend and the through mortises. Bob encourages students to come and spend a week making this classic chair, then return home with a project that will reward your efforts for the rest of your life.