New Life for an Old Chair (Online)

  • Monday, January 11, 2021
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021
  • 3 sessions
  • Monday, January 11, 2021, 3:30 PM 5:00 PM (PST)
  • Monday, January 18, 2021, 3:30 PM 5:00 PM (PST)
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 3:30 PM 5:00 PM (PST)
  • BARN Wood Zoom Room, Class Code WO011121CFG
  • 2


  • * Please note that registration closes one day before start.
  • *Please note that registration will close on one day before start.

Registration is closed
**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

Do you have a well-loved chair that's too wobbly to use safely or another piece of furniture that has a broken part or a missing piece of veneer? Or do you want to touch up or even completely renew the finish on a fine piece? In this online but still hands-on class, you will learn how to assess a piece of furniture and how to get it back into shape.

At the first session, the instructor will demonstrate how to take apart a chair and explain how the process applies to other kinds of furniture. Disassembly is frequently the first step in repairing a piece. The second session will focus on making repairs and putting the pieces back together, with various strategies for clamping the pieces, depending on the tools you have available. At the third session, the clamps will come off and the instructor will discuss how to clean up any excess glue and what the options are for touching up or refinishing.

At each session, you will be able to share pictures of your project and get advice about how to proceed. If you don’t have a piece of furniture in need of repair but would like to learn repair techniques, you are still welcome in this class. But the more actual projects, the more informative the class will be for everyone. The instructor will discuss the repair issues of each piece, so you will learn about a wider array of techniques than just what is needed for your own project.

You will need to supply all tools and materials needed for your project. The instructor will give advice about this, as needed.


  • This class will be conducted via Zoom. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial. Please make sure you have the most current version of the Zoom software.

  • A link will be sent to the email you registered with to join the Zoom online meeting. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder.
  • BARN reserves the right to cancel this class in the case of low enrollment and a full refund will be given. 
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.

Instructor Bio: Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi is a professional woodworker who specializes in restoration of antique furniture through her business, C-Saw, on Bainbridge Island. After earning a fine arts degree from Western Washington University, she worked in New Mexico as an apprentice ceramicist and then as an apprentice violin maker, developing her skills in fine woodworking and traditional finishes. She began designing and building custom furniture in the mid-1980s. Her interest in European, Early American and Asian antiques led her to focus on their restoration and repair. She is a member of the steering committee for the BARN Woodworking Studio.

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