One of the nice things about teaching different places is you get to see how each school has its own personality or vibe, if you will.
I can say this: If you like taking classes at Kelly Mehler’s School of Woodworking, you’ll feel right at home at William Ng’s school in Anaheim, Calif. Like Kelly, William has a laid-back, almost soothing personality. And (also like Kelly), William takes his equipment very seriously.
(Teaching here made me realize how much I’ll miss teaching at Kelly’s this year – he’s taking a sabbatical for a year to travel and do other stuff.)
On Monday we began turning legs for Roorkee chairs on sweet Oneway lathes and began boring the leg mortises on a monstrous General drill press. We also started all the leatherwork for the chairs by making what seemed like a mile of belting material from vegetable-tanned leather.
Teaching the class made me realize I have a slight dimensional error in “Campaign Furniture.” I’ll publish an errata tonight after class.
Today we crack into the chromium-tanned hides that will make the seats and start the tricky process of making the socketed mortises and tenons that create the chair’s frame.
So next time your family wants to go to Disneyland, simply agree. Send them there and book a class down the street with William Ng. Win-win.
— Christopher Schwarz
5 thoughts on “Roorkee Chairs at William Ng Woodworking School”
That’s a heavy-duty rotary punch there. Who’s the maker?
It is the house brand sold at Tandy Leather.
I was browsing around for new woodworking articles and I found this. The term Roorkee Chairs got my interest as I have never heard this before so I went to look for some photos. They look quite interesting! I would like to see your project when it is completed.
Robert, I believe you’ll find some more information and pictures if you go back a few pages.
Will the dimensional error be corrected in the PDF?
And more importantly, where are you eating??
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