Lions Youth Haven
Single Bow Windsor Chair making course with Neil Wilson & Fred Buckley
As a follow up to the successful Windsor chair course that Neil and I ran at the Guild a couple of years back we are offering another opportunity for members to participate in a second week long course in making a single bow Windsor chair similar to the one in the photo below. This chair is one made by Joe Walker
The Course is proposed to be run over five days commencing on Saturday 29 June through to the following Wednesday 4 July from 9.00am to 5.00 pm daily.
We will show you how to steam bend the bow for the back and then how to shape and carve the seat. Those with some turning experience will have an advantage when it comes to turning the legs and the stretchers. More challenging is turning the spindles for the back but these too can be turned with a little practice in using your free hand to support the thin spindle to stop it deflecting under the pressure of the cutting tool.
For those who have no woodturning experience, we can help you through as the shapes are really quite simple. Alternatively, the spindles legs and stretchers can be shaped by hand using a draw knife, spokeshaves and planes.
There is also some shaping and carving involved in the formulation of the seat and then there is the challenge of drilling the mortises so that the whole thing fits together.
The timber for the project is being supplied by Gordon Smith who has offered us a selection of mixed Tasmanian species and elm for the seat bases. The material for the back bow is straight grained and air dried which is essential for ensuring that the steam bending of the bows runs smoothly.
Gordon has advised that the cost of the material will be between $75 and $100
The cost of the course for the five days is $500. We can accommodate up to ten starters but will need a minimum of eight.
If you are interested in attending please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 0419250993 so that I can determine the number of attendees and order the timber.