Welcome to my latest newsletter which is packed with varied content and links! Recent courses have all been full and have been coming thick and fast. I am looking forward to a slightly less hectic schedule shortly so that I can develop new ideas/chairs, add new plans to www.windsorchairplans.com and make lots of tools ready for the show season. I have a full show programme this year and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
Course Dates for the remainder of 2014
Dates of courses through to the end of the year can now be found on the website. There are two places left on the double bow course 19 – 23 May but otherwise, all courses are full through to the end of June. Having only just announced the dates for the second half of the year there are plenty of places from August onwards!
Settee Course for experienced chair makers
In the past, I have scheduled ‘advanced’ courses for experienced makers (need to have made at least one armchair) and this year’s special course will be to make a 2-seat settee on 8-12 September. The course will cost £595 inclusive of a tulipwood seat. If you wish to have another hardwood for the seat I may be able to supply this but there will be an additional charge.
With the size of the piece – lots of spindles and steam bending – it will be a full-on week to complete the piece, but I am confident that it will be quite possible! Please contact me to check on availability if you are interested.
New English Double Bow course for Autumn
A little rash perhaps, but I have scheduled a course for a new English double bow for 17-21 November before I have yet made the chair! At the time of writing I have designed the chair, made the templates and steam bent the arm, bow and arm posts. As soon as the prototype is complete I will post images on the website and include them in a newsletter. For the time being here are some line plans to give you an idea. If you are interested in the course and would like to provisionally book a place (until you see the chair!) please contact me directly.
The chair is slightly larger overall than the usual course double bow chair and it is several inches taller. The style is from the late 1700’s with curved arm supports.
A Touch of Class!
Earlier this year a local member of a course arrived in his magnificent 1930 4 1/2 litre Bentley. Fortunately if was a great day and we all took every opportunity to inspect the magnificent machine that he drove home from Beijing, and travelled thousands of miles around south America all in the past five years.
No need to go to Goodwood that week for a taste of motoring nostalgia!
Show Dates 2014
My show diary is now complete and can be found on the website. Apart from the Sussex Guild shows that I usually attend, check out: Yandles Show in Somerset in mid-April; The Floral Fringe (local to the workshop); West’s Wood Show at East Dean (nothing to do with WL West the timber merchants); and I will be going to the Weald Wood Fair again this September (26-28).
These are all great shows and even if you are not a dyed in the wool woodworker I am sure you will find lots of interest!
Harvesting Redwoods by Hand
Individual day’s instruction
The other day a former chairmaking student spent the day with me doing some steam bending ready for several projects at home. We had a great time. We bent lots of wood and discussed a wide range of chairmaking topics during the day and of course had a good lunch!
If you fancy a day’s tuition/chairmaking perhaps to refresh your memory of key techniques please get in touch to arrange a convenient date. The cost is £250 plus materials (depending on what is used).
Ron Hock makes the blades for my spokeshaves and he has a great website. He kindly has links to my websites and that is where I found his great page of woodworking links. If you haven’t been there before have a look and I am sure you will spend hours going off in all sorts of directions in the woodworking world on the web. Click here.
Steam bending is always an uncertain process and highly dependent on having excellent wood. Have a look at these links to be amazed at what can be done, both with steam and ‘bendy wood’. If I could get wood from the same source as Michael Fortune my life would be so much simpler!!