Eric Cannizzaro & Andy Glenn
Chairmakers Eric Cannizzaro and Andy Glenn take students through the building of a fan-back Windsor chair in this one-week course. Students start by splitting an oak log to create blanks for crest rails and spindles before shaping them at the shave horse. The crest rail is steam bent to final shape, and the spindles are dried in a small kiln. After drilling and reaming a pine seat blank, students sculpt it with the drawknife, spokeshave, scorp, and travisher, before moving on to final assembly.
(Legs, stretchers, and upper posts are provided, however students turn a practice leg at the lathe during the course.)
A few power tools will be used (lathe, cordless drill), but this is a hand tool class with a strong emphasis on building skills with hands and eyes. Topics of discussion will include wood technology, bending with steam, kiln use and construction, tool rehab, and sharpening. These chairs are commonly painted since they’re built of numerous types of wood, so finishing with milk paint will also be covered. Students will leave with a completed chair, ready for color and finishing.
Eric Cannizzaro lives in Charlotte, VT, where he makes Windsor and ladderback chairs. He has accepted residencies at the Arbutus Folk School and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and apprenticed with Curtis Buchanan, a Windsor chairmaker in east Tennessee. Eric teaches chairmaking classes in his Vermont shop, and at schools across the country.
Andy Glenn is a furniture maker and woodworking instructor living in Waldoboro, ME. Glenn received his formal training while a student at the North Bennet Street School’s Cabinet and Furniture Program in 2008. Since then, Andy has worked in repair shops, a boatyard, a cabinet shop, and a four-year stretch leading the Woodcraft Department at Berea College (KY).
Windsor chairs, ladderback chairs, and Welsh-inspired stick chairs are all of particular interest. Andy enjoys using traditional green woodworking techniques and material processes while creating chairs with a more contemporary feel.
His first book, Backwoods Chairmakers: In Search of the Appalachian Ladderback Chairmaker, was recently published by Lost Art Press. Andy’s website is andydglenn.com.
Open to all except absolute beginners.