Build a Wharton Esherick Stool – Hands-on Class


Lumber Pack – does not include leather *



Make your copy of the 1929 Wharton Esherick stool.
Wharton Esherick’s 1929 stool.

For the first time ever I’m offering the opportunity to create one of four different Wharton Esherick stools. The Wharton Esherick stool class allows you to perfect your sculpted furniture parts.

Wharton Esherick Stool

Wharton Esherick's iconic 3-legged stool.
The iconic Wharton Esherick three-legged stool.

Wharton Esherick is one of the most influential woodworkers of the last century. In this class, you’ll recreate Esherick’s 1929 or the 1932 stool with sculpted mortise-and-tenon joinery. Or you can make the iconic Esherick three-legged stool with turned legs and sculpted seat.


Or get creative and adapt a design to your own taste.


Some of the skills learned in the Wharton Esherick stool class are:

  • Sculpted mortise-and-tenon joinery
  • Shaping round and tapered parts by hand and machine
  • Project planning and layout


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.

Or make the sophisticated 1932 Esherick stool.
Wharton Esherick stepped up the game with his 1932 stool.

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
  • Spokeshaves and drawknife

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:

  • November 08 – 12, 2021


My adaptation of Wharton Esherick's stool with four legs.
My four-legged adaptation of Wharton Esherick’s classic stool.

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 4 students.

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


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