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Greenwood Chair making

We all need a place to sit down these days. What about making a chair out of a log? Be one with nature building a post and rung chair out of a white oak log in just 5 days. In this class follow along with master greenwood furniture maker Justin Matranga at the shop where he will take you step by step throughout the process of making a chair from a log. You will get to use a shave horse, drawknife, and spokeshave to shape your rungs and legs. Justin will also talk about reading the grain of the wood for optimal selection and demonstrate the process of splitting the log into parts using wedges. Once your parts are shaped, they will be steam bent or stuck in the kiln to be dry for the joinery process. And after the chair is all assembled, weaving the seat is the last step in which Justin will discuss the different materials that could be used and the patterns that can be achieved. Once done after 5 days, everyone you know will want to sit on your handcrafted from a log chair.

Key Points

  • Learning how to read the grain of the log for chair parts

  • Using a shavehorse and drawknife properly

  • Steam bending parts to shape

  • Weaving chair seats in different patterns and materials

Class Size: 5 students (5 session class)


  • April 27th, May 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Saturdays @ 9:00am - 4:00pm

Price: $1000 + $250 materials fee

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