Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition

Build a Windsor Chair


Build a Windsor Chair


LEVEL 2, 3



Steve Habersetzer is a self-taught artisan woodworker with over 40 years of experience. His body of work is diverse: from the elegant simplicity of a handmade cedar bucket to the complexity of a gypsy wagon that incorporates his skills in exterior and interior design and construction.

Steve will guide you through this five-day class in building your own West Coast-inspired Windsor chair. You’ll explore green woodworking and hewing while building a serviceable, classic chair.


Class Description

Students will be guided through the design and steps in making a West Coast-inspired Windsor chair using traditional hand woodworking methods. Learn how to; steam-bend wood, shape spindles, turn stretchers and legs for the chair; as well as carve the seat using traditional tools. Discussions will include; joinery and carving techniques, how to lay out sight lines, and use templates and jigs. All aspects of making a Windsor chair will be covered including:

  • Tools and sharpening

  • Shaving and shaping parts

  • Chair design

  • Turning

  • Drilling and reaming

  • Bending

  • Joinery

  • Seat carving

  • Assembly

  • Finish


Please bring any of these tools that you already have:

  • Spokeshave

  • Drawknife

  • Scorp

  • Inshave

  • Scrapers: curved and straight

  • Bevel gauge

  • French curves and other drafting tools

  • Chisels and gouges

  • Block plane

  • Safety gear that you like - dust mask, goggles and ear defenders

  • Any other hand tools you enjoy using

  • 6" rule

  • Tape measure

  • 4"/6"/12" square (just one)

Also bring:

  • Sketchbook, pencil and an eraser

  • Camera to record your own and others ideas and techniques

  • Graph paper (1/4" squared)


This is an intermediate to advanced course for students familiar with working in a shop with power and hand tools. While you need not be familiar with all the techniques the class will cover; you should have a basic familiarity with mortise and tenon joinery.

Class Information and Registration

Class runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
This class takes place in Building #304 at Fort Worden on November 11-15, 2019. Map
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the school.
Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 10
Cost: $775
Materials Charge: $350
Register by: October 12, 2019

When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.