5212 Pulaski Ave.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19144
Philadelphia Furniture Workshop

Steaming parts

Arm bending

Carving seat

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Workshop Course Build a Windsor Chair

Advanced Windsor Chair
Instructor: Mario Rodriguez
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (day)
Maximum Class Size: 10

The Windsor chair form has captivated woodworkers for over 300 years. It is economical, graceful, exuberant, & comfortable. Rooted in tradition, it offers exciting design possibilities.

In this workshop, participants will spend the first part of the workshop (5 consecutive days) carving, steambending, and turning, all the parts needed for a comb-back Windsor arm chair. Employing a combination of machine and traditional hand tool techniques designed to facilitate the learning experience and maximize student efforts, students produce all the parts for their own chair. At the end of the week, students go home to sand, gauge, and embellish their chair parts.

They return, several weeks later, for part two of the workshop: to fit, to assemble, and to decorate their chairs. There's no other woodworking experience comparable to building a traditional Windsor chair.

Mario Rodriguez has been building Windsors for over 20 years and his chairs have appeared in many publications including Fine Woodworking Design Book 2, Country Living, House Beautiful, Countryside, McCalls, and others.

Cost: $1,350 (including lunch and materials)

Here is the tool list.

There are three ways to register for this class.
• One can click on the sign up button below.
• Give us a call at 215-849-5174.
• Send us an email and we will forward the registration materials.

  • Classes:
  • August 14 - 18, 2017 and September 16-17, 2017 - days