Build a Newport Roundabout Chair
Instructor: Lonnie Bird
Dates: April 6 - 18, 2015 (12 full days of instruction)
Class Size: Limited to 8 participants SOLD OUT
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The Newport, Rhode Island roundabout (corner) chair has long been considered the iconic example of this quintessential form. Although roundabout chairs were popular throughout most of the 18th century, John Goddard elevated the roundabout chair design to its highest level by carving curves on nearly every element to create a sculptural masterpiece. The deeply curved seat rails are the boldest of any roundabout chair, the graceful curves of the cabriole legs terminate in classic Newport claw-and-ball feet, and even the back splat is curved and carved to create the effect of interlaced ribbons. In order to accentuate the pronounced curve of the seat rail, the front leg and foot is slightly larger than the other three. All of these beautiful, unique features combine to make the Newport chair the most challenging of all roundabout chairs to construct.
In this twelve-day class you’ll learn all the steps involved in making a roundabout chair as you construct a Newport chair of your own. You’ll learn to cut and fit the complex mortise-and-tenons, sculpt and shape the myriad of compound curves, and carve the long, slender talons of the Newport claw-and-ball foot.
Prerequisite: Woodworking Essentials. The Newport Roundabout Chair is a very challenging project that requires considerable handtool skills. We want you to be prepared for this advanced course so that you will gain the most from your experience. Please read the Prerequisite page for details on our policy.
Note: The shop is air conditioned for your comfort!
Class size is limited so that you'll receive personal attention and instruction.