Today we are opening up the list for people who want to attend our Chair Chat™ class at the Lost Art Press storefront Oct. 10-14, 2022, with me, Rudy Everts and Klaus Skrudland.
The class is $1,300 per student (plus materials). The attendees will be determined by a random drawing on Wednesday, July 6. Here’s how you can sign up. Please read the following with care.
The class is for people who wish to build a vernacular stick chair. We’ve had several people ask us if they could take the class and instead build a ladderback, Hans Wegner chair, Windsor chair or other factory chair that involves bent laminations, steambending or factory methods.
The answer is, unfortunately, no. We don’t have the equipment, jigs or time to make one of these chairs. We would fail your expectations. We are equipped to make any stick chair (that we know of), as long as it’s vernacular.
To sign up for the drawing, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org before 3 p.m. (Eastern) on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. Please use the subject line of “Chair Chat Class” and include the following information (incomplete forms will be discarded).
Your name (first and last)
Your phone number (this is only to contact you in case email doesn’t go through)
One sentence about the chair you would like to build. (It can be as simple as “Welsh comb back” or “Irish armchair” or “whatever.”)
How you would like to build your chair. Choose one:
- Almost entirely by hand
- A balance of hand and machine methods
- Almost entirely by machine
This last detail is important as we need to get a mix of students so that people aren’t waiting in line to use the chopping block or the band saw.
Students will be allowed to bring their own materials. Or we can supply them for a fee (likely about $200 per chair). More details about the class and the instructors can be found here.
After the drawing occurs, don’t despair if you aren’t picked. We will keep your name handy in case students need to cancel (it happens).
Klaus, Rudy and I are looking forward to this class and sharing everything we know about chairmaking, eating too much fried chicken and drinking just the right amount of beer. It will be a fun week.
— Christopher Schwarz
21 thoughts on “How to Sign up for the Oct. 10-14 Chair Chat Class”
Just got married so I don’t have the money now but I look at Irish chairs the way Chris looks at Welsh ones. I’ll take it someday!
Congrats, man! Irish chairs rule! See you next time then!
I do love Irish chairs as well. Hope to see you at a next class!
Aaand … I’ve just bought my ticket for the sweepstakes! Here’s hoping that I shall also have to buy a ticket to cross the Atlantic in October!
Hope to see you there!
What is the required woodworking skill level for this class?
Hey Mark. You would do great as you have excellent hand skills.
I teach this class to dead nuts beginners with great success.
I wish all the entrants luck in having their name picked. I won’t be able to enter since my wife will be in school this fall. This will be so much fun. I am curious would you be open to having a chair chat that was open to a bigger crowd like Friday or Saturday night? Or if not that maybe livestream?
We’ve often discussed doing a CC live, and even though I’m not sure it would work as good as in writing, I’ll take note of your suggestion! Thanks!
I think a live chair chat may be in the planning for October. We’ll have to see how it goes in a practical way. But it will be fun in any case!
I’m signed up for the September class. Would it be too selfish to also put my name in the drawing for this class?
Go for it!
DO IT, STEVE!
I’m leading a 5-team expedition to some mystical mouse kingdom in Florida this summer, so couldn’t swing the price here if I was selected.
But it sure does sound like something that would be a most enjoyable experience.
Aw, that’s a pity! Would be great to have you!
Is the mouse called Mickey? If so I have a clue where to start the expedition (Orlando)
Oh, I thought it was a euphemism for a brothel.
I can only dream of getting this opportunity. Good luck everyone.
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