Windsor Chairmaking

with Luke A. Barnett

Windsor Chairs are the reason the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute is in business today. Luke Barnett started his career in chair making many years ago. After receiving awards, recognition, and many lucky breaks, Luke earned a substantial reputation as a professional chair maker. His chairs became highly sought after from his clients, peers, artists, and woodworkers. This eventually led to other woodworkers asking him to share his knowledge. Luke spent a few years traveling to various woodworking schools and teaching classes out of his home shop. In 2015 the Adrian Center for the Arts offered him an opportunity to take over a small 4 car garage building. There the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute was born. The classes quickly gained popularity and soon the 4 car garage space could not handle the capacity. In 2016 the City of Adrian offered the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute crew the opportunity to take over a gorgeous building that we now call home. All this sprung from Windsor Chairs.

 

What to expect during a Windsor Chair class at the SBWI:

  • Hard Work

  • Late nights

  • A ton of fun

  • Learning new skills that you can use in any type of woodworking

  • To gain an intimate understanding of working with wood

  • Sore muscles

  • Some PG-13 language and inappropriate humor

  • Being pushed to preform your best

  • A complete chair without paint or finish

  • A special bond with your classmates

  • Friends that you will remember forever

Tools that are helpful to bring. Just to be clear the SBWI provides all the tools below which you are welcome to use. We put this list together at the request of students.

  • Cordless drill w/ 3/8, 1/2, 5/8 Brad Point drill bit

  • Spokeshave - round and flat

  • Travisher

  • Scorp

  • Drawknife

  • 6 degree reemer

  • Folding rule

  • Japanese style flush cut saw - just a cheap one from Lowe’s

  • Large gouge - Pfiel 3/25 is perfect

  • Set of Lee Valley Dowel Cutters - 1/2, 7/16, 3/8

  • Froe

Contact Luke if you need help with registration or have any questions: (517) 902-8383

 
Make a Balloon Back Side Chair with Luke A. Barnett - Woodworking Class

The Windsor Balloon Back Side Chair

Windsor Chairmaking Classes with Luke A. Barnett at the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute

5 Day Class

$900 Tuition

Ages 16 & Up

Build a Windsor Balloon Back Side Chair with Chairmaker Luke A. Barnett. Students will join us for a 5 day class. We will start with logs on Monday morning and finish with a balloon back side chair on Friday. Students will learn how to obtain and choose the ideal logs for a chair. Student will learn how to rive the logs to get perfect straight grained lumber. We will steam bend the balloon back. We will learn how to build a kiln and control the moisture content in the wood to get the best out of it. We will sculpt the spindles and carve the seat. This is a hand tool intensive class. There will likely be additional hours needed during this class, expect to work late some days.

 

 
Weekend Woodworking Warrior - The Weekend Windsor Chairmaking Class at the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute

The Weekend Windsor Side Chair

Two Weekend Class (4 Days)

$850 Tuition

Ages 16 & Up

Build a Side Chair with Chairmaker Luke A. Barnett. Students will join us for a 4 day class. We will start with logs on Day 1 and finish with a side chair on Day 4. Students will learn how to obtain and choose the ideal logs for a chair. Student will learn how to rive the logs to get perfect straight grained lumber. We will steam bend the Crest. We will learn how to build a kiln and control the moisture content in the wood to get the best out of it. We will sculpt the spindles and carve the seat. This is a hand tool intensive class. There will likely be additional hours needed during this class, expect to work late some days.

 
Make a Windsor Continuous Arm Chair with Luke Barnett

The Windsor Continuous Arm Chair

6 Day Class

$960 Tuition

Ages 16 & Up

Build a Windsor Continuous Arm Chair with Chairmaker Luke A. Barnett. Students will join us for a 6 day class. We will start with logs on Monday morning and finish with a continuous arm chair on Saturday. Students will learn how to obtain and choose the ideal logs for a chair. Student will learn how to rive the logs to get perfect straight grained lumber. We will steam bend the continuous arm bow . We will learn how to build a kiln and control the moisture content in the wood to get the best out of it. We will sculpt the arms and carve the seat. This is a hand tool intensive class. There will likely be additional hours needed during this class, expect to work late some days.

Upgrade is available to make a Continuous Arm Rocking Chair for an additional $200. This will require an additional day of class.

 
Modern Windsor Rocking Chair Woodworking Classes with Luke A. Barnett

The Modern Windsor Rocking Chair

Modern Windsor Rocking Chair Woodworking Class with Luke A. Barnett

7 Day Class

$1450 Tuition

Ages 16 & Up

Build a Modern Windsor Rocking Chair with Chairmaker Luke A. Barnett. Students will join us for a 1 week class. We will start with logs on Monday morning and finish with a rocking chair on Friday. Students will learn how to obtain and choose the ideal logs for a chair. Student will learn how to rive the logs to get perfect straight grained lumber. We will steam bend the spindles, back posts, and crest. We will learn how to build a kiln and control the moisture content in the wood to get the best out of it. We will sculpt the arms and carve the seat. This is a hand tool intensive class.