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Class: Intro to Chair Making with David Ray Pine (6 Days)




CLASS DESCRIPTION: Master furniture maker, David Ray Pine, will guide you through the process of building a lovely country-style Chippendale chair. The design of this chair has been simplified for students of all skill levels. Students will use a mixture of hand tools and power tools to build a dining chair of their own, which they should be able to replicate for a full set in their home workshop. Read more about this class in the full description below.

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Spend six highly-educational days building a country-style Chippendale chair with master craftsman, David Ray Pine. This country chair is based on a reproduction from an 18th century chair that David built for a historic church in Eastern Virginia, although this chair design has been simplified for students who are first-time chair makers. Students will use a mix of historic hand tools and modern power tools to build this chair in a quality manner, while maintaining strong joints and beautiful curves. Students can expect to learn to shape and blend the curves of the back legs, splat, and crest rail together into a harmonious whole. Also cutting and fitting both square and angled mortise and tenon joints both for the seat rails and the slip seat frame, which will be ready for upholstery.

About the Instructor:

David Ray Pine woodworking instructor at the woodandshop traditional woodworking school

David Ray Pine is a full time furniture maker who creates high-end custom-made antique reproduction furniture out of his workshop in Mt. Crawford, Virginia (see the tour here). He also does restoration and conservation work on period antique furniture. His work has been featured in many different publications, including Colonial Homes, Rural Living, The Washington Post, Money Magazine, and Fine Woodworking Magazine (Issues#59, 64,67, 77, 80).  His furniture lives in many locations, from private patron’s homes to the Virginia Governor’s mansion.

Materials Fee:

The materials fee for this class will be $220, and is payable to the instructor before or on the day of the class. The wood species will either be Walnut or Sapele Mahogany, depending upon availability. The materials fee is quite high because of the quality of the wood required, but also because of the extensive prep work required by Ray to get pieces that are far enough along to make a six day class possible.

How to Get Here & Where to Stay:

The address of the school is 5700 Buffalo River Rd. Earlysville, Virginia 22936 (Google Maps here). The school is convenient to quite a few hotels, stores, and restaurants, and is only 8 minutes from the Charlottesville airport. Many more details are listed on the school’s main page here.

Class Policies, Liability Waiver, & Cancellations:

A PDF document with the full class policies and a liability waiver will be sent in the order confirmation email. All students are required to sign and return this document prior to attending the class. Anyone can cancel a class up to 2 weeks prior to the class for a full refund (minus a $25 fee that covers credit card processing fees and administrative work). Cancellations under two weeks before a class begins will be given a refund (less $25) if we can find someone else to fill the slot. If we have to cancel a class for an unforeseen emergency, inclement weather, or low number of registrations, a full refund will be given to students.

Student Tool Discounts from Lee Valley & Lie-Nielsen:

After you’ve registered for a class, you are eligible for a discount from Lee Valley (Veritas) and Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. Lee Valley offers a 15% discount, and a discount form PDF will be available for download in your Wood and Shop dashboard after your purchase. For a 10% discount from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, you need to place a phone order and tell them that you are a registered student at the Wood & Shop Traditional Woodworking School. The discounts aren’t available after the end of the class.

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Mon-Sat Sep 21-26, 2020


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