|Project by F Dudak||posted 2428 days ago||1425 views||2 times favorited||23 comments|
Travelled to New Hampshire this summer to take a Windsor Chair Class with none other than the Windsor Chair Guru himself, Mike Dunbar. It was a 5 day class and we needed a full 4 1/2 days to get the chair completed and ready for paint. All chairs were taken home unfinished with instruction on how to prepare the chair for a milk paint finish. The class was not only a tutorial on how to build a Windsor Chair but a lesson on how to develop methods for mistake prevention. Each project that we take on will inevitabley send us down a path towards a possible mishap leading us to get discouraged from time to time. Mike has taken his many years of teaching chair building and put them to good use for not only does he teach you how to make a chair but he teaches you how to keep your ego in tact through his preventative medicine. His philosophy is to try and prevent mistakes before they happen by adding fail safes along the way. Now I’m not saying that people still didn’t make mistakes because attempting a chair for the first time is no easy project. What I am saying is that I came away with a new mentality about how to approach most any project that I will tackle in the future.
The most intriging thing about the whole experience was watching Mike and his instructors turn people into chairmakers, from all walks of life, in one week.
-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----