Chair Making

Adrian Ferrazzutti & Reed Hansuld
July 15-26

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. Adrian and Reed share their extensive knowledge of design processes, 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.

Adrian Ferrazzutti is a self-employed furniture maker in Guelph, Ontario. He is a 1998 graduate of the Fine Woodworking Program at the College of the Redwoods, where he studied with James Krenov. Adrian has been widely published and writes for Fine Woodworking, which featured his chair on the back cover of the December 2007 issue. His video series, “Veneered Boxes with a Twist,” debuted at in 2014. The Canada Council for the Arts has awarded Adrian several grants, and he exhibits across Canada and in the U.S. Adrian's website is

Reed Hansuld is a self-employed furniture maker who runs a cooperative workshop in Brooklyn, NY, where he builds furniture on commission, designs freelance for industry, and operates a homeware design company called Harold. A graduate of our Nine-month Comprehensive, he has been making furniture for 15 years. Among other honors, Reed has been awarded grants from the Ontario Arts Council, residencies at the International Turning Exchange and San Diego State University, and two finalist NICHE Awards. He was profiled in the December 2015 issue of American Craft and his work may be seen at

Open to solid intermediate and advanced woodworkers.


Tuition: $1,440

Hansuld RockerRocking Chair No. 1 by Reed Hansuld, walnut and steel (23”x36”x42”), 2014
Ferrazzutti WindsorBaleen Chair by Adrian Ferrazzutti, wenge and satinwood (26”x29”x28”), 2013