Presented by Jon Grant
Presented for the first time at the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking, is this opportunity to make one of the early classic Windsor chairs – the Balloon Back. Arguably the Windsor is the most successful chair ever designed. These chairs, both in England and The United States of America dominated the furniture landscape for well over 150 years. Still to this day, in both countries, the Windsor chair enjoys immense popularity.
The ‘Balloon Back Side Chair’ class is the result of Jon Grant’s recent trip and experience working in the Sawyer workshop in Vermont, USA. Dave Sawyer single handedly resurrected Windsor chair making in the USA throughout the second half of the 20th century. Amongst other things he also taught Curtis Buchanan, a present day Windsor chair making legend. Dave still participates in chair making mostly through his son George who runs the workshop and the ‘Balloon Back Side Chair’ was one of their early trade marks.
The Balloon Back Side Chair course introduces you to all the skills that are fundamental to Windsor Chair Making such as seat carving, the undercarriage joinery, working with a drawknife on a shavehorse with green timber, and steam bending. You will also learn to use proficiently all the unique tools associated with the making of a Windsor chair. It is recommended that you do this course before moving to more complex Windsor Chairs. This five day course offers you the full Windsor chair experience at a relaxed pace and is ideal as an introduction to Windsor chairs.