Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

7634 SW 34th Avenue Portland, OR 97219

Introduction to Chair Building 13-1

  • 12 Jan 2013
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Dennis Loveland's Studio: 5034 NE 105th Ave, Portland, OR 97220
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  • Includes Guild Membership

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INSTRUCTOR: Dennis Loveland

Dennis Loveland, the owner of a very successful furniture studio, and a Master Craftsman, will present a four-hour class to review the essential elements involved in building a chair.

This half-day class is NOT for Beginners. If you have not, at least, taken the Guild’s “Basics of Fine Woodworking” series of classes then we urge you to please NOT sign up for this intensive skull-session. Dennis will be covering a lot of ground in a short period of time and if you are new to the art of woodworking, it’s quite possible that this would not turn out to be a pleasant experience and we don’t want that to happen to anyone. Please trust us on this one.

Dennis will cover the basics of chair making including the various parts of a chair; lay out of components; a thorough description of the various jigs he uses to create a chair (you will be amazed with this one); fundamentals of sizing a chair; and a review of his work including how he approaches the design process.
Part of the design process will include not only “how” to design a chair but also the various styles of chairs, as well as the techniques he uses to build each of the various types of chairs that come out of his studio.

Finally, Dennis will cover the joinery (there will be several “exploded” parts/examples for you to inspect); the sculpting that goes into building a chair and a description of the various curves and shapes which not only makes a chair beautiful, but also comfortable. Of course, Dennis will cover the various tools his studio uses during the construction of his many styles of chairs.

YES!! Dennis has agreed to allow you to bring a camera to his studio to help you remember and document the information and the processes he uses to build these beautiful chairs. Plus, Dennis will distribute a few handouts to help keep you on track.
The tuition for this four-hour class is $45.00. Location: Loveland Woodworks, 5034 N E 105th Ave., Portland, OR 97220. Class will begin promptly at 9 AM and will progress until 1 PM. There will be a short 10 minute break so if you can NOT make it through until 1 PMwithout eating, please bring a sandwich with you to eat during this short break. Dennis will have a pot of coffee brewing, and a cooler with pop, water, and ice.

Because we expect this class to fill up quickly, please not only register ASAP, but also please pay your tuition. The first 14 paying students will be in and we do NOT expect this Introduction class to be repeated until January of 2014…so do not dawdle.

For more information please contact: Ed Vachal at 971.275.3962 or

Please pay by PayPal or make check payable to GUILD OF OREGON WOODWORKERS and reference the class title on your check. Mail to: Ed Vachal at 286 NW Linneman Ave, Gresham, OR 97030. Thank you.

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