Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition

"Please be Seated" Chair Making

 

"Please Be Seated" Chair Making


 

LEVEL 2, 3

 

About

Explore the beauty and economy of form with Studio Furniture Maker, Stewart Wurtz in designing and building a chair of your own inspiration. Stewart's prototypes are developed from gestural exploration to concept and build. His joy is in keeping the freshness of the initial drawing and combining materials like wood and metal. 

Your project can be a bench, stool or chair. Join this two-week class in learning the complexities of seating design. 

 

Class Description

Students will design and produce seating from their own inspiration, ranging from a small stool or bench to developing a chair prototype and learning about the joy and complexities of seating design. We will review the attributes of wood and how its properties relate to chair structure and fabrication. Discussions will include techniques of joinery, ergonometrics of seating as well as the sculptural considerations of designing furniture viewed completely “in the round”. 

This is an intermediate to advanced course for students familiar with working in the shop with power and hand tools and they should be prepared to provide the wood for the final project. Participants who decide to pursue a chair prototype will be encouraged to design within the vocabulary of a leg and apron structure. Designs outside these parameters will require prior approval from the instructor. Staff will offer lectures and demonstrations on topics from drawing, full scale mock-ups, templates and jigs, joinery, steam and laminate bending plus slip seat upholstery

Tools

Please bring any of these tools that you already have:

  • Spokeshave

  • Cabinet maker's rasps or files

  • Bevel gauge

  • Card scraper

  • French curves and other drafting tools

  • Chisels and gouges

  • Block plane

  • Safety gear that you like - dust mask, goggles and ear defenders (we have spares too)

  • Any other hand tools you enjoy using

  • 6" rule

  • Tape measure

  • 4"/6"/12" square (just one)

  • Dial caliper

Plus a reminder to bring:

  • Sketchbook, pencil, eraser

  • Camera to record your own and others ideas and techniques

  • Graph paper (1/4" squared)

Prerequisites

This is an intermediate to advanced course for students familiar with working in the shop with power and hand tools. Participants who decide to pursue a chair prototype will be encouraged to design within the vocabulary of a leg and apron structure. Designs outside these parameters will require prior approval from the instructor. Students are required to provide the wood for their final project. Edensaw Woods is an excellent local resource.

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 August 12-23, 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: $1,450
Materials Charge: $25
Register by: July 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.