Make a Windsor chair workshop

Monday, August 17

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday - Saturday August 17- August 22, 2015

Instructor: Peter Galbert


Please see our other Make a Windsor Chair Workshops starting on 11/16 and 12/7.

Chairs are one of the most challenging objects to design and build. In this 6-day seminar, students work with green wood and hand tools to create one of the iconic forms of American furniture -- the Windsor Chair.

Building a Windsor chair is not about learning a style, it’s about learning a technology… a way of working with wood that is a wide departure from the usual flat and square.

The class covers all the steps from tree to chair. Students split parts from a log, shave them, bend them and join them into a hand-carved seat. We demystify the angles and curves that go into making a successful chair while demonstrating how hand tools are the most effective way to build an heirloom chair. The legs are provided or students may turn their own before the class with instructor provided patterns. Topics covered including sharpening, wood technology and design that enhance students’ ability to make chairs at home. Students will also have the option of creating a Fan Back Windsor Chair. Be ready to work hard and learn a whole new way of woodworking..


Before specializing in chairs, Peter Galbert worked as a cabinet and furniture maker in New York City. In 2001 he moved to Upstate New York to concentrate on making chairs from green wood. He recently moved to Central Massachusetts where he makes chairs and teaches in his workshop, as well as at woodworking schools here and abroad. He’s been featured in numerous magazines and has writen articles on chairmaking for various publications, including Fine Woodworking and American Woodturner. He also writes the Chair Notes Blog ( )and produces tools for chair making. His first book “Chairmaker’s Notebook” is available from Lost Art Press,

His website is

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