Chair Making

David Ericsson & Reed Hansuld
September 21 - October 2

Chairs can be the most challenging and rewarding of all furniture forms. In this two-week course, students create their own chair designs, starting with concept development and ending with fully functional prototypes. All types of chairs are fair game. David and Reed share their extensive knowledge of design thinking, ergonomics, engineering, and construction. Techniques they cover include, among others, laminate bending, tapered laminates, jig-making, machining, joinery for curved and angled components, sculpting, and options for simple upholstery such as slip seats. As students develop their own designs, they explore visual elements, structure, and comfort through drawing, models, and mockups.

David Ericsson is an award-winning woodworker/product designer in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2018, he was named Designer of the Year by Svensk Form, published by the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design. His Madonna chair, released by Gärsnäs in 2015, was Elle Decoration Sweden’s Chair of the Year, with similar honors from Årets Rum, Sveriges Arkitekter, and Sköna Hem. His Pinzo chair for Blä Station was Plaza Interiör’s 2019 Seating Furniture of the Year winner. Self-employed since 2010, David holds a Bachelors degree from Carl Malmsten Furniture Studies at Stockholm’s Linköping University and studied Art and Architecture at Sweden’s Royal Institute of Art. In 2019, he was profiled in the June/July issue of American Craft. His website is

Reed Hansuld is a self-employed furniture maker who works out of a cooperative shop in Brooklyn, NY, where he builds furniture on commission, designs freelance for industry, and operates a homeware design company called Harold. A 2009 graduate of our Nine-month Comprehensive, Reed has been awarded two grants from the Ontario Arts Council, a residency at the International Turning Exchange, and two finalist NICHE Awards. Also, in 2019 Harold earned a Rising Talent Award at the Maison & Objet trade fair in Paris. Reed was profiled in the December 2015 issue of American Craft. His website is

Open to solid-intermediate and advanced woodworkers.


Tuition: $1,460

Hansuld RockerDetail of Petite, a stackable chair designed for Gärsnäs by David Ericsson, beech (16½“x19¾“x31½“), 2018. Photo credit: Lennart Durehed
Ferrazzutti WindsorRocking Chair No. 1 by Reed Hansuld, walnut and steel (23"x36"x42"), 2014