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Windsor Chair Making

This one is a classic! Discover the elegance, function and beauty of Windsor chair making. In this course, students make a rod back Windsor chair using traditional hand tools such as scorps, drawknives, travishers and spokeshaves. Students become familiar with sight lines, taper sockets, steam bending and riving. The emphasis is on traditional and time-honored techniques; the only modern improvement that will be used is Elmer's white glue. Topics addressed during the course include: back rail riving and steam bending, seat shaping, seat drilling and reaming for legs, stretcher and leg assembly, spindle whittling and back assembly. Legs and stretchers are pre-turned but lathes and turning are demonstrated.


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$340.00 per student (Regular rate)


Beginner to Advanced

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All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.

Jeff Trapp Jeff Trapp

Jeff makes Windsor chairs, period furniture, wood canoes, and boats in his shop in Madison. His woodworking philosophy is to try the old ways first, and only if they don’t work to look for new-fangled ideas. These luddite ideas extend to his hobbies and other passions which include airhead BMW motorcycles, telemark skiing, and single-speed mountain biking. He'll also get back to fly fishing when the yuppies move on. See his work at

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Windsor Chair Making

Windsor Chair Making

Windsor Chair Making