|Rustic Windsor Chair Class|
with Drew Langsner
The rustic Windsors made in this tutorial are related to the Welsh Stick Windsor project in The Chairmaker’s Workshop. The chair utilizes a large, comfortable seat and a 4-element sculpted arm-bow. The legs are octagonal in cross-section, with a wide foot that converges into cylindrical tapered tenons fitted to matching mortises in the solid plank seat.
Beginning Windsor chair students will make a low-back Windsor also known as a captain’s chair or a smoking chair. More experienced Windsor students have an option to make the more complex and time consuming high-back version, which is sometimes called a comb-back Windsor.
For this course we utilize fresh oak rivings (carefully split-out stock) for the spindles and air-dried sawn stock for the composite arm-bow, legs and seat. The tenon ends of the legs, which are turned on a lathe, will be kiln dried at the time of assembly. The course includes a detailed lecture/demonstration that solves the mystery of the compound angles for the legs and spindles found on all Windsor chairs.
Making the rustic Windsor also serves as an excellent introduction to the more formal Windsor styles.
The tuition for the 5-day summer tutorial is $1275; tuition for the 6-day fall tutorial is $1500. Tuition for each course includes project materials, your private room, and meals. Specialty chairmaking tools are also provided.