I am teaching a few classes at the Lost Art Press storefront in 2019. I admit I’m a little gun-shy about teaching. I feel quite rusty as a teacher, and I am wary of classroom duties spiraling into a huge part of my life.
The year I quit teaching, I was on the road for 18 weeks and felt like a carney – unkempt, unshaved, grizzled, ragged out and a bit foul-mouthed. (So, not much has changed.)
Here is my completely sane schedule for the first half of 2019. Registration opens at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) on Oct. 12, 2018.
This class is designed as an introduction to chairmaking (except for saddling the seat). It is a crash course in sightlines, resultant angles and how to manage all the compound-angle drilling without any math skills. Plus, you get to build this stool and experiment with shou sugi ban if you like.
Same class as above, except this class is in February, which is a very different month from January.
This armchair was created for the forthcoming expansion of “The Anarchist’s Design Book.” It is designed to be a class for first-time chairmakers. The only prerequisite is that you can sharpen your edge tools.
About the Storefront
We did not set out to teach classes at our storefront, but it turns out to be a nice environment for it. Class size is limited to six. Everyone gets a massive, well-equipped workbench. The bench room has oak floors, lots of natural light and is climate controlled. Students also are encouraged to explore our Mechanical Library during their downtime. We have a lot of rare and interesting woodworking books.
Just as important as the building is where it is located. We are one block off Main Strasse in Covington, Ky., a small city adjacent to downtown Cincinnati. You don’t really need a car during your stay. Hotels and restaurants are a short walk. And downtown Cincinnati is nine blocks away, where you can pick up the streetcar and get anywhere in the urban center.
Plus, if you bring your family, there is lots to do – the zoo, aquarium, children’s museums, multiple art museums and all the other amenities of a mid-size metropolis.
A complete list of classes from Megan Fitzpatrick, Brendan Gaffney and a few guest instructors will be coming soon.
— Christopher Schwarz