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Peter Galbert - Chair Notes

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A resource for windsor chair makers and woodworkers
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New Home for Chair Notes

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 10:18am

I have finally built a new website to have all my projects in on place! You can find it at www.petergalbert.com and you can go directly to the new Chair Notes page here. I hope that you will take a moment to subscribe to the email list to get notified when I add a new post.
I will of course be leaving all the post here that I've written since 2007 and include a link on the new page to bring you back if you care to relive old times!
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Class Schedule for 2017!

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 3:41pm
I am happy to let you know the fall schedule for my classes in southern Maine/ New Hampshire!

These classes will cover all aspects of making the chair including:
Splitting, handling and storing green wood
Wood drying and technology
Tools and Sharpening
Shaving and Shaping Parts
Turning (While turnings will be provided, there will be extensive demonstrations on the turning processes.)
Drilling, Reaming and Design
Seat Carving
Finish (demonstration)

The classes are limited to 6 students to ensure that we will be able to follow the interests and abilities of the students. Class times will run from 8-5 daily, but after hours access will be available to ensure that the students have enough time to explore and learn at a comfortable pace.

For 2017, I will be offering two classes, the first is a side chair class where new chairmakers will learn to make either of the chairs in my book, the fan back or the balloon back. You can choose either as well as the style of turning, baluster or bobbin (the stylized bamboo). This class will be a prerequisite for the other classes that I teach and after this class, you are welcome to take any of the advanced classes that interest you.

For those who have already made a chair with me, or Curtis Buchanan, Greg Pennington or Elia Bizzarri, you are welcome to enroll in the armchair class. This class will be a continuous armchair class. 

The Details

September 11-16 Sidechair Class
tuition $1500
number of students per class - 6

October 16-21 Continuous Armchair Class
tuition $1500
number of students per class - 6

Please contact me to register for the class at my email address, peter@petergalbertchairmaker.com. All enrollments will be first come first serve. Full payment for classes is due upon enrollment. The cancellation policy allows a full refund up to 30 days from the class start date and 50% up to 15 days from start date. If we are able to fill the slot, full refund will be made regardless of cancellation date.
Our goal is to teach small groups to increase the attention available per student and create a personally tailored experience, thank you for your understanding and commitment.
Feel free to contact me at (978) 660-5580

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Quick Carving Tip!

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 5:52am
Carvings have absolutely nothing to do with the structural integrity of the chair, but they do stand out as the most visually "loud" elements. As such, I am always very sensitive to the role of the carvings because they give a distinct impression of the quality of the rest of the piece.  Here is just one part that I find adds a great deal of interest and beauty to a volute on a comb back ear.

I alway think about a volute in terms of the negative space, that's where I do my work after all. I think of the shape as a long taper that's been bent to a round shape. It helps me to focus on the evenness of the curves if I think of it as a straight taper first. I do the same for the depth of the carving, keeping a close eye on the stop cut/ side wall in the volute so that it tapers evenly as well. The combo of the two make the carving visually flow.

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