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Make a Windsor Chair
Sat 22 April - Mon 1 May
One event on Sat 22 April 2023, at 12:00 am
One event on Sat 19 August 2023, at 12:00 am
One event on Sat 16 September 2023, at 12:00 am
This is a 10-day course in which students are taught 18thC English woodworking skills. It involves birthing your chair from a local green tree using traditional hand tools and techniques.
On this course we use either our local red stringy-bark Eucalyptus macrorhyncha or robinia pseudoacacia sometimes called false acacia. This is a tree of North American provenance and being deciduous, was favoured by early settlers to plant around sheds and yards to provide summer shade and winter sun. It is plentiful in the central west of NSW and regarded my many landholders as a weed.
Solid seats are shaped from either camphor laurel, elm or ash, and we use ash or elm for the steam bent bows.
Because the components of the chair are split or riven and not sawn, the chair can be light but strong.
The green wood tenons of the legs, stretchers and arm posts are dried and shrunk in warm sand before inserting into a mortise that is still green wood. The moisture in the mortise swells the tenon locking the join and replicating a centuries old woodworking technique.
Tools used during the course include a pole lathe, operated with your foot; a shave horse; drawknife; adze; spokeshave; maul; froe; and hand plane; to name a few.
Chair making students usually start with a double bow Windsor chair but be warned…. chairmaking can become addictive!
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The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West in the local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.
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