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Woodworking Fundamentals: A Beginner Furniture Building Workshop with Greg Alexander


When: Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: Olympia Room, 701 CCA, 701 Whaley St. 2nd Floor

Registration is full for this workshop.

In this workshop, woodworker Greg Alexander will guide participants in constructing a staked stool from Christopher Schwartz’s popular Anarchist’s Design Book. Alexander will introduce students to using the hand plane, one of the most fundamental tools in hand tool woodworking, to build their own staked stool to take home. Techniques taught in this workshop include drilling, reaming holes at compound angles and wood finish application. Over two days, the class will prepare the legs and seats using hand planes, assemble and back wedge the chairs and then apply a milk paint and oil finish. This workshop is perfect for beginners interested in learning the ins-and-outs of hand tool woodworking, as well as those with some experience interested in exploring the world of chair making.

Greg Alexander graduated from the University of South Carolina with dual degrees of music composition and political science. He studied guitar building, began building instruments in Columbia in 2011, and has two guitars on exhibit at the SC State Museum. He is a full-time woodworker.