1979: John Alexander with Sian Newman Smith

1981: Dave Sawyer demonstrates riving

1980? Not sure who these students are

79? Who's this?

Alexander inspects a straight back

1979: John Skemp

More about our Ladderback Chairmaking School

Chairmaking School will begin with a field trip to the local saw mill where the class will actually help in selecting the log that will be used during the workshop. We will then truck that log back to the shop and begin our chair making by cross cutting and splitting it into posts and rungs. The course will also include an extensive lecture on wood technology as it applies to chair making, a thorough discussion on various methods of forming the tenons at the ends of the rungs, even some chair making history. There will also be time for a guided walk in the woods at Country Workshops. This will be an opportunity to observe our standing timber, to do some tree identification and to discuss some of the relevant aspects of forestry conservation that relate to chair making and our other craft interests.

2007: Tomoyasu Konuma brought his family from Japan

As usual, class participants are invited to arrive on the Sunday afternoon before the course begins – that’s June 13. Class starts on Monday morning and goes until lunch on the first Friday. Class resumes the following Monday morning. We will finish on the second Friday at lunch time.

During the weekend break class participants are encouraged to explore Asheville and our scenic western North Carolina. Asheville has a thriving art and craft scene, as many fine restaurants and pubs per person as almost anywhere. There is also the surrounding countryside, offering white water rafting, hiking the Appalachian trail, Biltmore house, the Great Smoky Mountains National  Park and much more. Class members can easily locate lodgings in the nearby towns, or you are welcome to stay at Country Workshops and then take day trips on Saturday and Sunday. We will not provide meal services after lunch on the first Friday;  we will serve breakfast the second Monday when class resumes. Chair School graduation will take place at our Farewell Lunch on Friday June 25.

The tuition for this special 10 day course is $1275. This includes uses of specialized chairmaking tools, all materials, all meals during class sessions and accommodations for 12 nights. 

You can reserve a place in this class by e-mail, or phone Country Workshops at 828 656 2280.

1980: John Alexander discusses spokeshaves

1979: Cliff Russel & Jack Goembel

1980: Anybody know who these guys are?

2009: Intern Dan Mirkes works at a shaving horse

2009: Hans Karlsson bends a slat

2009: J. Klemaseski, Caitlin Healey and her dad Bob Healey

2006: Summer course students show off their chairs with Drew

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