Just what it says – I’m going back to Chair-Central – Pete Galbert’s shop in Rollinsford, NH in March 2023 to teach a 6-day class in making the Jennie Alexander chair. Registration for the class opens Nov 15 at 8AM. Details on Pete’s website – https://www.petergalbert.com/schedule/2020/7/13/make-a-chair-from-a-tree-with-peter-follansbee-8brcj-7b62n
I’ve taught it there a few times now – and it’s insane fun. Riving, shaving, bending & more – the whole works. I’ll demo hickory bark seating, but I don’t have enough for students. (sometimes these folks have it in stock – https://www.basketmakerscatalog.com/ps/57-hickory-bark I don’t know them, I think I used their bark once and had no problems with it at all. Otherwise you can hunt around on the web. Some use Shaker tape like in the chair on the right above.)
In addition to learning to make this particular chair, every other thought during the week is about chairs, chairs, chairs. Who knows – maybe you’ll be the next student to surprise us & cut your chair in half as soon as you’re done. That way it fits on the airplane.
Chairs & chairmaking consume most of the week’s thoughts, but some thoughts are about the dog Georgia.
I’ll bring one of the last chairs JA made as well as some of my own. And lots of stories about Alexander and her chairmaking career…
UPDATE: After I posted this, I got a note from Drew Langsner – who developed the class as I teach it with Jennie Alexander all those years ago.
I tried to put a short comment to your post, but have no idea about my password, and don’t want to dig further. My comment, which you can post…
Them’s the chairs we sit on…Every day.
I’ll be 80 tomorrow. Having a few friends over for a seafood bordetto. (Soup)
It will also be cold, for the first time this fall.
Well, two comments from me follow that – when he says those are the chairs they use every day – he’s talking about using them for the past few decades! And – he’s turning 80 today! There – I’ve just used up my quota of exclamation points for quite some time. HB Drew – have a great time today. PF
4 thoughts on “I’m teaching a JA Chair class in March at Pete Galbert’s”
Someone actually cut their chair in half?! They should have just not glued it together!
Peter Edit Check your message … it says registration MARCH 15… should be NOV?
Thank you – stupid me. That class filled and there’s a waiting list for the next one. People can contact Pete Galbert to add their name to the waiting list. I hope my faux pas didn’t mess anyone up.
I loved the class. So far I have made 7 JA chairs. Why 7? Because for one reason or the other some were more comfortable than others. It has to do with the height of the chair and the curve of the two slats. Tomorrow, I’m giving a demonstration of JA chair making to the Columbia (SC) woodworking club. Hope I don’t f–k up! Of course , all the credit goes to JA and especially Peter F for being the wonderful, wizardly teacher.
Happy Holiday, Peter