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Peter Galbert Balloon Back ChairPeter Galbert Fan Back Chair

May 10-16, 2020

Peter Galbert

Fan Back or Balloon Back Windsor Chair

$1650 (total cost including instruction and materials)


This 7-day side chair class covers the Balloon Back and Fan Back side chairs, both from my book “Chairmaker’s Notebook”. We plan to use bobbin turnings for this class.

Windsor chair making is a physical endeavor.  In this class we will knock the spindles and back pieces out of a log before shaving them on a shaving horse.  We will sculpt a seat by carving the form into the wood blank.  Students will make and then steam bend the back – either the hoop for the balloon back chair or the shapely crest rail on the fan back.  We will layout and drill the site angles for the upper and lower assemblies.  And then we’ll put it all together to create the chair.

A fully catered lunch is included and served every day and drinks and snacks are provided all day. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary needs. It is a good idea to make your lodging reservations well in advance.

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