My brother has it in mind to take a class and learn to make
Windsor chairs. He is pretty good at making things with
wood--doing a lot of bee hives lately if anyone needs
any--and has the equipment he'll need. But the class
costs about $600 for two days I believe. Jeez! Does that
sound like a reasonable thing to do? Anyone want to give
him a course for less? :-) What I'm really interested in is:
are there any good videos available about it? And/or
good books? For some reason he wants to get a book
by a particular man Michael Dunbar, but so far the only
ones I've been able to find by him cost about $80.
Thanks for any help or suggestions on how best he can
learn to do this!
You didn't mention whose class he wants to attend. It may very well be
worth it. Would you spend $600 for two days with Maloof?
I think Dunbar's book is out of print and in great demand. There was a
string recently that indicated they were going for more than $80.
Norm has two programs dedicated to making a Windsor chair. American Woodshop
(Scott Phillips) has done two different programs on Windsor chairs.
The Houston Woodcraft store conducts sessions on Windsor chairs from time to
You pays yer money and takes yer choice. :-)
Come on Andy,
I know the Smithsonian is not of importance to our cousins across the ocean,
but the man has his work in the Smithsonian. And to us colonists, it is a
big deal. :-)
Not many of us end up in the museum while we are still breathing.
Maloof ran some courses at highland hardware where one of his mostly
completed chairs still resides . I have sat in that very chair many times
and am astounded how ergonomically inefficient it is . Sorry design in my
I've never sat in one of his chairs, so I can't comment on its ergonomics.
He did come up with a design that is very much copied and imitated today. I
respect it for what it is, but I would never copy his style, because it is
copied so much.
George Nakashima's (rip) is readily recognizable, but I'm not terrible taken
with his chair that is so famous. His "New Chairs" design looks pretty good
to me (as does Thomas Moser's chairs).
I'm just a duffer, so I can't really argue with the stars in this group, but
just about every one knows who Maloof, Krenov, and Frid are. Most of us
recognize the work of Nakashima and also the Green brothers.
Yes, I'd pay to see Maloof.
I'm going to the Brazos Rocker class at Homestead Heritage in June and It's
costing me a lot more that the $600 class that started this string. :-)
That sounds more like a seminar, which means it might be
well worth the money, depending on who's giving it, the info
packs provided, and how well it fits with your bro's wallet,
background and interests.
Seminars are often one of a kind specialties and
sometimes offer a deep immersion into a subject that you may
not have experience with.
If this is not an option, (this school is not far from where we live) you
might consider a woodworking class in a College or Junior College in your
area. That is what our son did, perhaps the first one will not be up to
what you would like but with the cost of most schools, you can buy a dozen
chairs. Bee Hives to Windsor chairs? Shees.
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