Chairs at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship

 

We finished up the Chair Design class at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship on Friday, after which I high-tailed it down to Boston for a too-early flight home on Saturday morning. I was in full recovery mode for the rest of the weekend; lots of sleep, a run, some good home-cooked food, and some more sleep.

Now it’s time to reflect back on the class. I was – as I usually am – very impressed with both the ambition and the overall designs that the students came up with. Very few people designed within their limits. I made a point of trying to push people beyond their comfort levels (some squirming ensued). But I made an even bigger point of showing them how to actually get where they wanted to go. Everyone was pretty excited by the time we did a show-and-tell for the other students at the school on Friday afternoon. And there were a lot of really nice – and very individual – chair designs.

I was lucky to have a terrific assistant while teaching the class. Reed Hansuld is a Toronto-based furnituremaker (moving soon to Brooklyn) who went through the 9-month program at CFC a number of years ago. His help made getting everyone through this ambitious class much easier. It’s worth checking out Reed’s web site (reedfurnituredesign.com) and his designs. I suspect we’ll be hearing a lot more about him.

 Jed's Chair

Jed's Chair

 David's Chair (Child Size)

David's Chair (Child Size)

 David's Chair (Adult Size)

David's Chair (Adult Size)

 Tony's Chair

Tony's Chair

 Kyle's Bar Stool

Kyle's Bar Stool

 John's Chair

John's Chair

 Jay's Chair

Jay's Chair

Jeff Miller