Upholster a Historic Side Chair with Mike Mascelli
This special 4-day class, scheduled to immediately follow the 2018 SAPFM Mid-Year Conference in Old Sturbridge Village, Mass is a great opportunity to see and learn the basic traditional upholstery process- start to finish. The class will be a combination lecture, demonstration and hands-on in which Mike will provide an overview of the history, tools, techniques and materials of upholstery. Mike Mascelli has been an upholsterer and teacher of upholstery for many years and brings a lifetime of experience to this hands-on class.
Mike will set up a complete working shop including a collection of historic and modern tools, and focus the lecture and demonstration on the differences between traditional materials and techniques and modern ones, as well as discussing a number of “hybrid” options available for creating historically accurate upholstery treatments from simple slip seats to elaborate wing chairs.
Students will complete a fully upholstered side chair (frames will be provided) by completing all the of the required steps including stretching and tacking webbing, cutting and fitting the foundation, lofting, and show cover materials, and installing a proper dust cover. Students will be able to choose from rubberized horsehair, modern foam and Dacron stuffing materials in various combinations. To complete the project, students will learn basic blind stitching and can choose to customize their chair with the addition of welting, decorative trim and/or decorative nails. Students with no prior upholstery experience should be able to complete this piece during the 4-day class session.
Unfinished chair frames, and all necessary materials including a selection of show cover materials, will be provided as part of the materials fee. Students are encouraged to bring their own show cover material (2 yds of 54” material) and their own basic hand tools (tool list will be provided), however loaner hand tools, including pneumatic staple guns will be available for those who choose not to bring their own.
Students will receive a companion CD with containing, copies of all the slideshows, excerpts, illustrations, yardage charts, and sources of supply. This class is tailored to those students particularly interested in period furniture styles but is appropriate for anyone with an interest in the tools, terminology and techniques of the upholstery.
Sign up Today! Tuition $595.00 Plus materials ($75.00)
Section 072418A: Tuesday – Friday, July 24 – July 27, 9:00am—5:00pm