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5-day Course Outline

Course days and times

Monday – Thursday 8.30 am to 6.00 pm

Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm (approx.)

It is very important that 5- day courses start promptly at 8.30 am as the first job is steam bending arms and bows. This takes up most of the first morning and nothing else can take place until this job is completed.

The finish time may be a little earlier on some days depending on the speed of the group. However students should be prepared to stay a little later on Thursday evening if necessary to ensure that the chair can be completed on Friday.

During the course each task will be completed by each student before the group moves on to the next stage. This way nobody is left behind and students can work together when a second pair of hands and eyes is needed.

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5-day Course Timetable

Monday
Steam bending / Making spindles

Tuesday
Complete spindles/ turning demonstration / Start seat

Wednesday
Complete seat / Tenon spindles / legs to seat

Thursday
Assemble undercarriage / Begin superstructure

Friday
Complete Windsor chair

Video of Crown Windsor course 13-17 March 2017

This video was made by Merlin Beedell who attended the course and made a chair while also recording the week for you to enjoy!

Food and drink are provided during the day throughout the course (no extra charge).

No previous experience is necessary to successfully complete a Windsor chair making course and yet experienced woodworkers will still be fully challenged. Individual guidance and assistance will be provided as appropriate, and every effort will be made to ensure a rewarding and enjoyable course.

Those taking a 5-day course with the expectation of making further chairs at home will benefit from the principle at The Windsor Workshop of teaching techniques that can be used directly in the making of any Windsor chair. There is very little reliance on jigs, which can be time consuming to make and which are more suited to a production workshop. If you wish to make limited numbers of a range of Windsor chairs then mastering universal techniques is valuable, if not essential.

Chair Making Courses

Chair Making Course

No previous experience is necessary to successfully complete a Windsor chair making course and yet experienced woodworkers will still be fully challenged. Individual guidance and assistance will be provided as appropriate, and every effort will be made to ensure a rewarding and enjoyable course.

Chair Making Book

Windsor chair making book

Written by James Mursell, this book was the first new book about the making and design of Windsor chairs for over 10 years. It was written with a broad readership in mind and is aimed at existing Windsor chair makers and also at those who are contemplating making their first chair.

YouTube Videos

Ben Orford makes the blades for my travishers.

Watch his short video about this great tool and the uses it can be put to.

Tool Testimonials

Travisher

“This tool is phenomenal. I bought two, one for myself and another for my Windsor chairmaker instructor. Compared to the other travishers I have used, yours is very good to work with and everyone who has tried it loves it. I just ordered a second one and your two spokeshaves which I trust will be as enjoyable to use. Thanks again for making such great tools.” LG (USA) 2015