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Ely Folk School

Rustic Chair or Bench

with John Bajda


Saturday, October 31, 2020
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $70

A rustic chair, rocking chair, or garden bench makes a great addition to your yard, patio, or deck. This class walks you through making your very own rustic furniture using sticks that you can collect from your local forests and yard. 

You will learn about the techniques and tools necessary to build a strong, sturdy chair or bench using mortise and tenon joints. Tools include a tenon cutter, drill press, and miter saw.

If you want to make a rocker, John can make the seat and rockers for you for $30. He will also send a pattern if you prefer to make your own. Let the Folk School office know that's your choice. 


You can make the bench out of any species of sticks, but some of the longest-lasting would be from cedar, although other species will last for a long time if the bench is protected from extreme weather. At the end of the day, you’ll head home with a beautiful and unique piece for your home! 

It is recommended to have a partner working with you. The partner does not need to pay unless they also make their own chair or bench. 

About the instructor: John Bajda is a retired high school teacher and has been teaching how to build rustic furniture through his local community ed program for the past 18 years. He gets five stars from students for his patient, thorough, cheerful instruction.


  • Oct 31st, 2020
    Sat from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Ely Folk School

209 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 Get directions

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