Set-up and Investigation
1. To evaluate indigenous wood species appropriate to chairmaking.
2. To construct shave horses (work benches).
3. To teach tool skills: maintenance and sharpening.
4. To teach basic chairmaking skills while making chair parts to be air-dried for future use.
5. To teach the conditioning of wood.
Twenty-one shave horses were made in the first three days. The chair parts were then roughed out and set aside to dry for 6 weeks. The second class was therefore held in
April of 2007.
1. To build simple kilns for drying of chair parts.
2. To build steam chambers for bending of chair legs.
3. To teach steaming and bending of chair parts.
4. To teach new tool usage.
5. To finish pieces for chairs.
6. To assemble the chairs.
The next class in December of 2007 was a repeat of Phase I and was followed by one in April-May of 2008.
We all profited from the experience gained in the first two. Ten more shave horses had to be built for the extra students who came to these classes.
Former students were now advising the novice woodworkers.