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David Abeel

Traverse City, MI
North House Folk School photo of instructor, David Abeel

David teaches the art and science of Windsor chair making at folk schools, art centers, wood working guilds, and community colleges across the Eastern United States. David has been making Windsor furniture for 25 years with a current goal of teaching and making this very traditional American craft accessible to wood enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. Updates on upcoming classes and current projects can be found on Facebook: David Nelson Abeel.

Current Courses Offered by David Abeel

4¼ Days
Teaser image for Fine Furniture: Windsor Comb Back Arm Chair

Fine Furniture: Windsor Comb Back Arm Chair

The Windsor chair has graced American homes since the mid-eighteenth century, before there was even a “United States” to speak of. Rich in tradition and lore yet instantly recognizable for its clean lines and simple form, the Windsor chair is a classic project. With a comfortable design as a top…
Tue, Sep 17th, 2019  –  Sat, Sep 21st, 2019
Day 1: 5pm-8pm; Days 2-5: 9am-4pm
Instructor: David Abeel
1 Day
Teaser image for Tools for Chairmaking:  Make a Compass Plane or Travisher

Tools for Chairmaking: Make a Compass Plane or Travisher

In chairmaking, the travisher and compass plane make wonderful assistants for excavating, carving and shaping concave surfaces. The travisher is like a curved spokeshave that can hog or make nuanced cuts. The compass plane is like a scrub plane with a curved sole, fantastic for hogging seats and a great…
Mon, Sep 16th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: David Abeel

Past Courses Offered by David Abeel

Windsor Comb Back Side Chair