Description

Presented by Alastair Boell

This is the Melbourne Guild’s third chair resulting from Peter Galbert’s teaching visit to Australia. This iconic Windsor chair rocker will undoubtedly interest those who have already completed our introductory Fan Back Windsor chair.

The Continuous Arm Windsor chair, in my opinion is the most beautiful Windsor chair, with its graceful steam bent crest rail. Add to this, the complexity of the ‘rocker system’ and you have an intriguing and inspiring seven day Windsor chair making experience.

During this course, you will learn how to steam bend the crest rail, carve and fit your spindles, carve your seat and fit your legs, stretcher system and rockers perfectly with all its complex angles and joinery. You’ll learn to use proficiently all the unique tools associated the making of a Windsor chair. Time permitting, you will also learn to finish the chair in natural oil or traditional milk paint imported from the USA.

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Class Schedule

Duration: 6 hours

What you will learn
  • Steam bend the crest rail, carve and fit your spindles, carve your seat and fit your legs, stretcher system and rockers perfectly with all its complex angles and joinery.
  • Use proficiently all the unique tools associated the making of a Windsor chair.
  • Finish the chair in natural oil or traditional milk paint imported from the USA.
What you will get
  • Meet Alastair Boell - a Master of Furniture Making.

What to bring
  • All materials included.
What to wear

Casual (Warning: It might get messy)


The Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking was founded by Alastair Boell in 2007. After graduating from the world renowned North Bennet Street School, Boston (USA) Alastair felt that there was a great need in Australia for an educational facility that focuses on traditional skills.

The Guild is committed to preserving and advancing craft traditions in furniture making. We are also committed to promoting a greater awareness and appreciation ofcraftsmanship. In our classes we emphasize the skillful use of hand tools and power equipment and an informed use of appropriate materials. We are passionate about what we do and want to share information, ideas and skills with all our students young and old, from beginner to advanced.

The Guild offers 13 Open Courses a week where students are able to bring in their own projects. Also during the year on a regular basis we offer a number of short intensive classes on varying woodworking topics. Our student to teacher ratios are very low with a maximum of 8 students in the open classes.

The school itself is conveniently located two minutes from the Blackburn Rd exit off the Eastern Freeway. Parking is readily available right at the school’s door.We promise to do our very best to provide you with endless opportunities in a stimulating and supportive community.

We invite you to take your place at the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking.

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