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Service Learning Project: Adirondack Chair Building

You can never have too many comfortable chairs to sit in and gaze at Lake Superior! Join instructor Randy Schnobrich in this service learning session of Adirondack Chair Building to construct these classic chairs for the North House campus. Using both power and hand tools, you’ll cut, shape, sand and assemble a rot-resistant cedar Adirondack chair that will grace the North House campus back deck, fire circle or outdoor commons. You will leave with the experience to build similar chairs at home and a satisfied feeling of crafting a quality chair that will be appreciated by countless students and visitors to North House for years to come. Experienced woodworkers and ambitious beginners welcome; lunch provided on days 2 & 3.


New! Fri, Apr 21, 2017 - Sun, Apr 23, 2017 Course Full - Please call for wait list
(Early bird tuition deadline: 03/10/17)

Course Details

Length in days:
2 1/2

Day 1: 5pm-8pm; Days 2&3: 9am-5pm

$75.00 per student (Regular rate)
$65.00 per student (Early-bird rate)

Beginner to Advanced

Age with adult:

* The Apr 21, 2017 course is part of the Service Learning & Volunteer Weekend event

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You will need the following tools for this class:

  1. tape measure
  2. hammer
  3. safety glasses
  4. ear protection
  5. dust mask
  6. cordless drill & bits
  7. Pencils
  8. 12” combination square
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.
Randy Schnobrich Randy Schnobrich

Randy’s life in the North is a classic – he has mushed dogs, planted thousands of trees on his homestead and built eight outbuildings on his property (but still no garage). He moved to the North Shore from Wisconsin in 1994 with plans to raise a family and create a new lifestyle. After buying some land "back in the woods a bit," he and his wife built a woodshop and log home, a perfect spot to raise three kids and live a little closer to the earth. With more than 20 years of woodworking under his belt, Randy has built everything from cabins to dogsleds, commissioned furniture to custom doors. Nearly all of his interests lie in the outdoors, and he says it’s hard to remember life before Cook County.

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Service Learning Project: Adirondack Chair Building