Windsor Chairmaking with Elia Bizzarri

Windsor Chairmaking
 with Elia Bizzarri

March 18-23, 2013

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Workshop Description

First made in New York City in the late 18th century, the continuous arm's one-piece back with its compound bend is an American design innovation. You'll build your Windsor entirely with hand tools as you learn the skills and joinery techniques by which well-constructed chairs are made. Split a log, shape the back and spindles with drawknives and spokeshaves, steam bend the back and hollow the seat using inshaves and travishers. Open to all levels of students who enjoy plenty of long hours and hard work.


Elia is a professional Windsor chairmaker, who also handcrafts chairmaking tools and turned parts for chairmakers. He teaches chairmaking in his Chatham County, NC workshop and at the John C. Campbell Folk School. The North Carolina Museum of Art gallery featured his work in conjuction with the touring exhibition "American Eden: Landscape Paintings of the Hudson River School from the Collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art." Having served his apprenticeship under master-chairmaker Curtis Buchanan in Jonesborough, TN, Elia also worked with John Alexander, Drew Langsner, Dave Sawyer, and the carpenters at Colonial Williamsburg.

 More about Elia Bizzarri

The Woodwrights Shop: Continuous Arm Rocking Chair
Indy Week: Elia Bizzarri and the ancient art of rocking chairs

Windsor Chair Resources


Registration Deposit - $200 
(includes $100 non-refundable registration and processing fee)
Instruction - $695
Materials - $130

On-campus Housing is available - St Clair Guest House

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