Make a New Lebanon Shaker Rocking Chair with Dale & Lerums August 15 - 19, 2022

about this workshop

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.

Unique Instructor Doug Dale

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Unique Instructor Willard Lerums

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$895 tuition + $120 materials

Key Points:
*How to make templates and story sticks for reproduction
*Shaping and steam bending of components
*Turning and replicating spindles
*Joinery and assembly of turned spindles, back slats, and rockers
*How to cane a woven seat

Workshop Days: Monday to Friday
Instruction Time: 8:00am – 6:00pm (EST)
Note: During the work week, the shop remains open after 6:00 p.m. for handwork, design, research, catch-up work and socializing.



Make a New Lebanon Shaker Rocking Chair with Dale & Lerums August 15 - 19, 2022


Availability: Open

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A special note about our photos:

We have taken HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of photos over the years of our students, instructors, and staff — during classes, after classes, and at various gatherings. Throughout this brochure and on our website, you will see many photos that were taken prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Images of people without masks or not practicing social distancing were taken before the pandemic and before the safety practices were implemented. Please rest assured, we follow all of the safety precautions and guidelines mandated by our local and state health officials. Community means everything to us —we aim to provide a safe environment for all who teach and learn at MASW. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our practices, or would like more detailed information about the school’s health and safety guidelines, please do not hesitate to call or email us!