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Build a Jennie Alexander Chair with Ray Schwanenberger

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Lost Art Press Storefront

837 Willard St.

Covington, KY 41011

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Make the extremely comfortable and strong post-and-rung chair featured in the iconic book "Make a Chair From a Tree: An Introduction to Working Green Wood," by Jennie Alexander.

Chairmaking intimidates many a woodworker, therefore keeping them from venturing down a most rewarding path. While there are some specialized tools for chairmaking, much can be done with tools that already reside in your collection.

It was a fall vacation, more than a decade ago, to New England that set me onto the path of making chairs. While navigating a foggy coastal road in Maine my wife & I happened upon a Windsor chair shop. It was then and there that I realized I had to build chairs. I began my foray into chairmaking by making Windsor chairs. Since then I have learned to make and experimented with chairs of all types. I have found the JA chair to be one of the most rewarding chairs I have made. It is very strong and light weight but, most of all I feel it is an excellent chair to begin your journey into chairmaking.

This style of chair is known by many a nomenclature. There is the Shaker chair, the ladder-back chair, the Appalachian chair and the a post-and-rung chair. All are different however, the same in their basic construction principles.

During this class I will teach you to:

• Understand wood makeup and movement to utilize for maximum strength
• Exploit the weakness of the wood to get at its strength
• Make components from billets riven from a tree
• Bore mortises and shape tenons that will last a lifetime
• Work with angles without using math
• Weave a Shaker tape seat

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The cost of the class is $1200, plus a materials fee $110. Ray will invoice students just after registration for a $200 non-refundable deposit, then for the balance of the tuition and materials on or around June 1.

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