Chair Making

Thomas Hucker & Tim Rousseau
September 11-22 

Chairs can be the most challenging and rewarding of all furniture forms. In this two-week course, students create their own chair designs, starting with concept development and ending with fully functional prototypes. All types of chair are fair game. Tom and Tim share their extensive knowledge of design processes, ergonomics, engineering, and production. Techniques they cover include steam bending, laminate bending, tapered laminates, jig-making, machining, joinery for curved and angled components, sculpting, and options for upholstery. As students develop their own designs, they explore visual elements, structure, and comfort through drawing, models, and mockups.

Thomas Hucker is a studio furniture maker in Jersey City, NJ. He trained with fifth-generation German cabinetmaker Leonard Hilgner before studying under Jere Osgood at Boston University’s Program in Artisanry in the late-1970s. In 1990 he studied product design at Domus Academy in Milan, Italy. Tom’s work is in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In 2016 he received the Furniture Society’s Award of Distinction. Tom’s website is

Tim Rousseau divides his time between building furniture on commission in Appleton, ME, and teaching at the Center. After completing our Furniture Intensive in 1998, Tim worked in a multifaceted group shop in Hoboken, NJ, before returning to Maine to set up his own business in 2003. Since then, he has been a lead instructor for the Furniture Intensive, in addition to teaching the chair project for the Comprehensive. Tim is a frequent presenter of how-to and project videos for, and, including the series “Making a Small Cabinet” and “Build an Asian-Inspired Hall Table.” His website is


Open to intermediate and more advanced woodworkers.

Tuition: $1,380

Hucker ChairSide Chair by Thomas Hucker, wenge (20”x24”x32”), 2012
Rousseau chairSide Chair by Tim Rousseau, walnut and leather (19"x21"x31"), 2006