Two-week workshop led by George Sawyer. This workshop will explore the history of traditional chairmaking and green woodworking techniques with an eye toward using them in modern seating.
This workshop will explore the history of traditional chairmaking and green woodworking techniques with an eye toward using them in modern seating. The conical wedged mortise and tenon is an ancient joinery technique — arguably the simplest and strongest method for constructing seating. We will use hand tools to split material from a log, shape parts on a shave horse, carve seats, and turn legs on a lathe. Participants will design and build seating that incorporates these methods into pieces that speak to the individuals’ personal design aesthetic. All levels welcome.
George Sawyer is a second-generation Windsor chairmaker with a BFA in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. He teaches traditional Windsor chairmaking out of his studio in Woodbury, Vermont, and uses many of the same tools and techniques used in chairmaking 200 years ago. He continues to produce the designs that were perfected by his father, David Sawyer, while re-envisioning a future for fine craftsmanship and hand joinery in modern seating for his company, Sawyer Made. sawyermade.com @sawyer_made
Scholarship application deadline: March 1, 2020
General application deadline: April 1, 2020