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Build a Welsh Stick Chair with Christopher Williams

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837 Willard St

Covington, KY 41011

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Chris Williams is returning from Wales to our shop in Covington, Ky., May 20-24, 2019, to lead six more woodworkers in building a Welsh Stick Chair. (Did you know the Welsh invented these sorts of chairs? Yup. The first image we know of is Welsh and is from the mid-12th century.)

Chris is a fantastic chairmaker and worked with John Brown for many years in refining and exploring the Welsh Stick Chair form. (In fact, Brown likely invented the term "Welsh Stick Chairs, which we all use today.) Chris's focus as a chairmaker is on achieving perfection in these chairs while using the barest minimum of tools. His classes focus on the skills and mindset to make these chairs – not jigs or machines.

As a result, this is definitely not a beginner chair class. We ask that anyone who registers for the class/waitlist to have chairmaking experience.

This is a rare experience to learn chairmaking from someone who has lived and breathed it his entire life, who has made hundreds of these chairs and has a direct link to John Brown that lasted many years.

Registering for the class (or the waiting list) is free. After registering, the six in the class will be sent an invoice for a $500 deposit. The remainder of the fee ($1,000) will be due April 1. Until April 1, your deposit is refundable. After April 1, there are no refunds. I know this is strict, but there are a few students who play a juggling game with classes and deposits. We do not want to play this game.

Attendees will receive a tool list and details on booking accommodations in the Covington area. Don’t worry – there are lots of rooms here.

A materials fee will be due on the day the class begins. We’re trying to source as much of the material from tree services, so we don’t yet know what the fee will be. Likely about $300.

We promise this will be one of the most intense and gratifying weeks of your woodworking career. Chris gives 100 percent during the entire class (and afterward) – answering questions about Wales, chairmaking, John Brown and (if you're nice) rugby. All your senses will be involved. We’ll make sure everyone eats and drinks well and gets a good taste of what this area has to offer. Unless you are a devoted hermit, I think you’ll find the evenings as enlightening and stimulating as the classroom time.

You can read more about Chris's work here. And you can see photos from the class (and afterward) by searching on #williamswelshchair.

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