“Please Be Seated” Chair Making

StewartWurtzChairs

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. Possible projects range from a small stool or bench to developing a chair prototype while 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. 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. Stewart 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 for two weeks.
This class takes place in Building #304 at Fort Worden on August 12-23, 2019. Map

Register by: July 13, 2019

If you cancel your registration for a course less than or equal to 10 days prior to the beginning of class, we will keep 50% of the course fee.
If you cancel on or after the first day of class, you forfeit 100% of the course fee.

Port Townsend School of Woodworking

Our mission is to inspire a lifelong passion for craftsmanship through education in woodworking and traditional building trades. We range in age from 10 to 85. At first glance you might wonder what brings us together. The answer: a shared love for woodworking. We’re serious about technique, we maintain a tireless work ethic, we thrive on helping each other problem solve, and we believe the only failure isn’t trying.

Our passions include: hand tools, joinery, fine furniture, Northwest Coast Arts, woodturning, tiny homes, Vardo Wagons and creating an inclusive, supportive community.

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Class Fee: $1,450

  Aug 12, 2019 - Aug 23, 2019
Days/Times:
Class Type: In Person
Material Fee: $25
Location
Port Townsend School of Woodworking
200 Battery Way
Port Townsend, Washington 98368

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