Three Legged Perch Stool

with Peter Galbert

July 22 - 23 , 2017

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Three Legged Perch Stool

with Peter Galbert

July 22-23, 2017

Saturday (9-5) Sunday (9-4)

Materials Fee: None

Required Tools: See Below

Registration Information

Total cost is $650; no Materials Fee. Lunch included. Limited to 10 people.

Located at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks: Route 1, Warren, Maine 04864.

To sign up, click the 'Buy' button above or call: 800-327-2520. A non-refundable $250 advance deposit is required at checkout; full payment is required 30 days before the workshop. For more information email us.


Building chairs requires a different set of skills and tools than those found in the flat and square world of cabinetry. Supporting the human body puts a great deal of stress on a chair, and in addition to being durable, chairs have to be attractive from all angles and comfortable to sit in.

In this workshop, students will be introduced to the simple techniques for tackling the challenges of chair making by building a three legged stool or "perch". This forward tilting seat is perfect for maintaining upright posture while working at a desk. The techniques learned in this class will give a strong foundation in chair making and give students a great introduction to building more complex chairs. This workshop will include plenty of opportunities for hands-on time.

The legs and stretchers for the stool will be pre-turned to be shaped in the class. They will not be the “bamboo" shape in the example photo.

Topics covered in this course will include:

  • Design, Including understanding and using angles
  • Wood technology
  • Joinery (including wet & dry)
  • Sharpening
  • Tools and tool use
  • Drilling and reaming
  • Shaving wood
  • Carving
  • Assembly
  • About the Instructor

    Peter Galbert is a full time chairmaker, toolmaker, teacher and writer. He has taught at many craft schools around the country including the Penland School of Crafts, the North Bennet Street School, the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Peters Valley Craft School, Kelly Mehlers School of Woodworking, Highland Woodworking, the Arrowmont School of Crafts and The Port Townsend School of Woodworking.

    Aside from making chairs and teaching, Peter is also the author of the Chairnotes blog and producer of the Galbert Caliper as well as other woodworking tools. He currently lives and works in Boston, MA. In 2015, he published his first book "Chairmaker's Notebook" with Lost Art Press.

    Required Tools

    Below are some of the tools we'll learn about in the class. We encourage you to bring your own tools or buy the required tools when you get here, as there are not enough classroom tools to outfit everyone.

    Please do not bring tools in need of repair or major fettling – there will not be time to fully tune them for use during the workshop.

    Please keep in mind, the best way to guarantee available tools for the class is to call ahead with an order. Some items on this list may be specific to another toolmaker. Please call us with any questions.

    Note: The list below references tools Lie-Nielsen carries, though you are welcome to bring tools from other makers.