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Rustic Windsor – from Country Workshop

October 21, 2014 Leave a comment

have been meaning to write this post for several months now, but as you can see from my last post date I do not have a great track record. Earlier this year I had the opportunity to spend the week at Country Workshop. Normally, my summer outings are preplanned. I always attend the Spoon Gathering in Milan, MN and the Traditional Ways Gathering up around Lake Superior. This year both of these events where a bust as family commitments kept me away. This was pretty traumatic for me as I consider these events to be my official holidays. In a panicked moment I signed up for the last spot of Drew’s Rustic Windsor chair building class. I have built 7 post and rung chairs following the Alexander videos, but wanting to build the Windsor style is what got me interested in chair making.

The drive to western North Carolina was about 15 hours from the big city of Lincoln, NE. The school is somewhat up in the hills / mountains – not sure what they call them, but regardless the driveway to school was more of a 4-wheel drive trail. That is probably an exaggeration, but I have a Toyota Prius. Once I arrived I meet Drew and his wife Louise. I could go on for several paragraphs on the Langsner’s and there kindness, knowledge, great food, and inspiring property, but all of that has been said many times by far more eloquent people than I. Sufficed to say it is a wonderful place and I hope I get to go back next year.

Instead of continuing to amuse you with my prose here are some pictures of the process.

My arm bow as I learn to saw the kerf allowing for seamless connecting of 2 pieces of wood.  I know it has a name, but…


My arm bow complete and seat mostly carved


my seat with legs attached


Drew helping us to align the arm bow on the seat

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Drilling the arm bow and seat spindle mortices using a kick ass jig

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My finished chair using Peter Galbert’s technique of shellac and milk paint from his blog Chair Notes.  Not too shabby if I say so myself.


Next I will post some gems from Drew’s shop.  It is a awesome place.

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