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Greenwood Post-and-Rung Stool with Andy Glenn

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Lost Art Press Storefront

837 Willard Street

Covington, KY 41011

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We'll build a greenwood stool, the design of which was greatly influenced by the work of Chester Cornett and other traditional Kentucky chairmakers who used proficient technical skill and the local resources to create restrained, functional pieces to fit their homes (while some of Cornett’s pieces go way past restrained, others are delicate and reserved).

Green woodworking makes use of abundant materials that are easy to work (compared to their dry counterparts), and requires only a small set of tools. In fact you need bring only a tape measure, spokeshave and drawknife for the bulk of the work – that's where the magic happens – and I’ll provide the drills, bevel gauges and scrapers that we'll use sparingly. (An optional tool list wll be provided.)

In this two-day class we’ll:

  • Split parts from a section of a log
  • Shape parts at the shavehorse with drawknives and spokeshaves
  • Make the seat rails – which will be heated/steamed and bent in a form
  • Drill out the leg angles using sight lines
  • Fit and assemble the stool
  • Discuss weaving materials options and finish choices (shown with a hickory bark seat)

The cost is $345, including materials (most likely straight-grained ash or oak).

Andy Glenn is a woodworker, supervisor and instructor in Berea, Ky. Both his grandfathers (one a farmer, the other the town milkman) had workshops and he spent my early years learning from them. His formal training came through the North Bennet Street School’s cabinet and furniture making program (’08). He's been employed in the trades for the past 10 years, working in a variety of cabinet and furniture shops in Massachusetts and Maine before moving to Ky. He is now the woodcraft supervisor at Berea College – training and working alongside a group of 20 students to create a small line of craft and furniture items for sale.

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