Post-and-rung Rocking Chairs
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with Tom Donahey

If you have enjoyed developing your skills in green woodworking with the ladderback chair and are ready for a more challenging project, a post-and-rung rocker can take you to the next level. In this project, the back posts take a double “S” bend for a comfortable back support. The chair has 5 bent back slats and sculpted arm rests. The arms are joined with a mortise to the extended front posts and with a tenon inserted into the rear posts. Blind “fox wedges” are among the advanced techniques utilized in this construction.

The chair is put together beginning with assembly of the back panel, which includes fitting the rear rungs and the back slats. Because of the complexity of the project, the class will begin work using roughed out parts and pre-bent back posts which Tom has riven from an oak log. This pre-class materials work will make it possible to assemble the chairs using parts with their appropriate moisture content – air dried posts and slats and kiln dried rungs. Students will oil their rocker and weave the seat when they get home.

Students regularly leave Tom’s class having learned new, better and more accurate ways to accomplish their goals – to build quality chairs that require advanced skills and sound, safe woodworking techniques.

This is an advanced level workshop. The prerequisite is a ladderback or Windsor chairmaking class. Please phone us if you have questions.

Tuition for this 6 day class is $975. This includes a materials kit (without seating), use of specialized tools, meals and lodging.

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