Build a Conoid Chair – Hands-on Class


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George Nakashima was one of the most influential studio woodworkers of the twentieth century. And no piece of furniture is more associated with George than the Conoid chair.

Conoid Chair

Chairs can be some of the trickiest projects to build. The construction of this Conoid chair is fairly straight forward, but there’s plenty to test the skills of any level woodworker. You’ll spend the first part of the week working out the design and joining the chair parts together. The week wraps up with sculpting the seat, legs and crest.

Some of the skills learned in the Conoid Chair class are:

  • How to make and fit mortise-and-tenon joints
  • Fitting sculpted furniture parts
  • Working with hand and power tools for accurate fit

Materials are not included in the class fee. Lumber for this project may be purchased through us or on your own and shipped to our shop at least four weeks prior to the class.

Each student should supply his, or her, own:

  • Safety glasses and hearing protection
  • Combination or machinist square
  • Bevel gauge
  • Bench chisels
  • Carvers mallet
  • Dovetail saw
  • Marking gauge
  • Smooth plane or jack plane
  • Block plane
  • Tape measure or folding rule

If you do not have the tools on the list, don’t panic, there are plenty of tools for your use in class.

Course Dates:

  • May 24 – 28, 2021

The shop opens at 8:30 am. Class begins at 9:00 am.  A delicious lunch, snacks, and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm – the shop remains open until 5:30 pm.

The class is limited to a maximum of 3 students.

Call or email to be placed on the waiting list if this class sells out.


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