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.

Chair from CFC Chair Design class

Jed’s Chair

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.

 

 

Chair from CFC Chair Design class

David’s Chair (Child size)

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.

Chair from CFC Chair Design class

David’s Chair (Adult size)

Chair from CFC Chair Design class

Tony’s Chair

Chair from CFC Chair Design class

Keith’s Chair

Chair from CFC Chair Design class

Kyle’s Bar Stool

Chair from CFC Chair Design class

Jay’s Chair

Chair from CFC Chair Design class

John’s Chair