It’s not long now to the end of the year and I have just three more courses to run before Christmas. This 10th year of courses has been the busiest by far, so thank you to everyone that has taken a course over that time – well over 600!
I am introducing some new course chairs next year to offer more choice; our new buildings are bringing our facilities all up to the same high standard as the workshop; and I continue to develop new techniques to make chairmaking easier and better – so there’s plenty going on at The Windsor Workshop!
I hope that if you haven’t yet taken a course you will give it serious thought and if you have, then how about making another?!
Best wishes to you for 2015.
Courses as Gifts – vouchers available
With Christmas just around the corner you may consider giving a course as a present. It’s an unusual gift that will be remembered for ever with an action packed week and a chair at the end of it!
If you would like to give something tangible on the day, I am always happy to produce custom-made vouchers. You can pay a deposit or the full course fee, and you can book a specific course or leave it for the receiver to make the choice.
If you would like a voucher contact me and we can discuss it and make sure you have just what you want.
2015 Course Dates
The child’s chair (May 25 – 29) is one that was popular 5 or so years ago and I’m bringing it back after Garry made one a few weeks ago.
The rocker (June 15 – 19) is not yet made, but I am asked about rockers so frequently that I need to offer a course! It will be an English style chair and will probably have a crest. I plan to make it early in the New Year and will post photos as soon as it is ready.
Sussex Guild Show – Free Entry
The Sussex Guild show at Midhurst (29-30 November) is always the best show of the year and this year there will be more exhibitors than ever. It’s a wonderful place to pick up some unique and beautifully made gifts.
I hope to see many of you there!
There has been a great run of courses this autumn and here are a few pictures that you might like to see:
The first settee course was held in September and six great pieces were produced. It was hard work for everyone, but it all got done by 4.00pm on the Friday. Another course is scheduled for March next year and it is already fully subscribed. I will probably put the next one in early 2016. Details will of course be in a future newsletter.
Last week’s continuous arm course was an international affair with Vincent (with clogs and guitar) from Holland and Dor from Israel. Five great c-arms were made and Martyn, who had already taken a couple of courses opted to make a splatted version of my contemporary double-bow.
Carloyn, who had been to the workshop a couple of times has embarked on her first chair at home and after successfully creating her travisher from a kit, she used it to shape her seat. She successfully used a mirror to get the leg angles correct with a cordless drill and bevel gauge.
I was asked to make a piano bench a few weeks ago. It is a design that I first made over 10 years ago and is still one of my favourites. The original was made in elm and oak but this example was in cherry and ash. The client requested a pale coloured cherry for the seat and I was lucky to find some excellent French cherry at English Woodlands.
The seat starts off at 1 7/8” but half of the wood is removed in the shaping. The Arbortech Turboplane did the heavy work, while my travisher completed the profile. The resulting piece is remarkably light and the shape of the seat puts the player in a good posture without conscious thought.
The other day I received a delivery of ash, ripped into 2” x 2” for turning. It had just been sawn for me at a mill near Northampton from fresh logs. I look forward to starting work on it this week and hope that this pile will last me for about 2 years.
Those of you that have already attended a 5-day course may remember our ramshackle sheds where we did the steam bending on the first morning. My ‘favourite’ feature of them was the construction of the pillars holding up the roof – 7 ft tall made of breeze blocks cemented one on top of the other!!
The gales last Christmas exposed many of their weaknesses and rendered a couple of stables unusable. The replacement buildings are now almost complete and I cannot wait to use the new ‘steam room’ for the first time next week. The cladding is not yet on, but we have lighting, so that is enough.
I have two winch-powered bending-jigs and a brand new continuous-arm bending system, so there will be no stopping us now!