Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Class Schedule for 2017!

I am happy to announce the fall schedule for my classes in southern Maine/ New Hampshire!

These classes will cover all aspects of making the chair including:
Splitting, handling and storing green wood
Wood drying and technology
Tools and Sharpening
Shaving and Shaping Parts
Turning (While turnings will be provided, there will be extensive demonstrations on the turning processes.)
Drilling, Reaming and Design
Bending
Joinery
Seat Carving
Assembly
Finish (demonstration)

The classes are limited to 6 students to ensure that we will be able to follow the interests and abilities of the students. Class times will run from 8-5 daily, but after hours access will be available to ensure that the students have enough time to explore and learn at a comfortable pace.

For 2017, I will be offering two classes, the first is a side chair class where new chairmakers will learn to make either of the chairs in my book, the fan back or the balloon back. You can choose either as well as the style of turning, baluster or bobbin (the stylized bamboo). The second class is a continuous arm class that is open to all students.

The Details

September 11-16 Sidechair Class
tuition $1500
number of students per class - 6

October 16-21 Continuous Armchair Class
tuition $1500
number of students per class - 6

Registration
Please contact me to register for the class at my email address, peter@petergalbertchairmaker.com. All enrollments will be first come first serve. Full payment for classes is due upon enrollment. The cancellation policy allows a full refund up to 30 days from the class start date and 50% up to 15 days from start date. If we are able to fill the slot, full refund will be made regardless of cancellation date.
Our goal is to teach small groups to increase the attention available per student and create a personally tailored experience, thank you for your understanding and commitment.
Feel free to contact me at (978) 660-5580
Classes are held at the Mill at Salmon Falls in Rollinsford New Hampshire, on the border with South Berwick, Maine.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Quick Carving Tip!

Carvings have absolutely nothing to do with the structural integrity of the chair, but they do stand out as the most visually "loud" elements. As such, I am always very sensitive to the role of the carvings because they give a distinct impression of the quality of the rest of the piece.  Here is just one part that I find adds a great deal of interest and beauty to a volute on a comb back ear.

I alway think about a volute in terms of the negative space, that's where I do my work after all. I think of the shape as a long taper that's been bent to a round shape. It helps me to focus on the evenness of the curves if I think of it as a straight taper first. I do the same for the depth of the carving, keeping a close eye on the stop cut/ side wall in the volute so that it tapers evenly as well. The combo of the two make the carving visually flow.



Monday, May 22, 2017

The Galbert School of Craft




That's right, the time has come, I am beginning to scout out locations and facilities in southern Maine for a school. After a couple of years of transition and quiet following my move and book release, I am ready to put together a school dedicated to teaching small groups of people chair making and also roping in some of my most gifted friends to share their talent and energy as well.  My goal is to keep things intimate and relaxed, just a great place, in a great place to do what we all love.
I welcome any input and advice as I enter this endeavor as well as any tips from folks who know the area that I'm considering. I want to be within a couple hours of Boston (I still have my roots there) and also close enough to some great towns and sights that can be a part of the experience. I've learned a lot from my friend Kelly Mehler and the good folks at The Port Townsend School of Woodworking and Highland Woodworking about how to create an environment that puts the craft and the students first and I look forward to seeing you there!
I will be posting progress reports as things develop and a schedule at the earliest possible date. I hope to start in the spring of 2018 and offer classes through the fall.

I just got back from a great trip to Iowa for the third Handworks, and I assume, like many of the exhibitors, I've spent most of the day asleep on the floor with my dogs. I find that following their nap rhythm is the only plan that makes sense after such and active and exciting few days.

Here I am in the Greenwood barn, where all us rugged outdoorsy types showed our wares in the rain and cold! I'm "rugged", but apparently not so much so that I would drive out...I flew, so here is the chair in progress that I disassembled and packed in a box.
 This chair is fast becoming one of my favorites, lots of design choices and influences feel like they are starting to gel. Plus it's a ball to build, but more on this one later once I can show the finished piece.

Here are some of Claire Minihan's travishers in exotics Australian woods. Claire has achieved so much with this tool and while I gave her a nudge in the beginning, this baby is all hers now. I have a knack for inserting myself in the picture with people that are already on their way to great things.

 
Here is a beautiful Japanese shavehorse that Russ Filbeck brought by to show me, it had a surprisingly powerful grip!
Well that's it for today, I have other business to attend