Stuart Welch’s woodworking resume is almost too long to list. It includes winning furniture design competitions as a teenager, a formal education at the Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Craftsmen, the Gunlocke Chair Company, his own woodworking business and teaching woodworking for the Baulines Craft Guild and UC Berkeley. Currently living in Skagit County, Stuart owns and operates the Rexville Grocery on Best Road and still has fun with woodworking building zany cuckoo clocks. In decades of designing furniture and teaching college-level woodworking, Stuart has learned that a chair’s comfort is all about ergonomics: the angles have to be just so, the chair has to be light but also strong enough to support a 300-pound person, and it all has to look good, too. Stuart invites you to bring examples of chairs you have made to this meeting and he will compare styles, materials, joinery, ergonomics and talk about the history of chairs in general.
I-5 to Exit 226 (Kincaid Street Exit). Go East up the hill. This is Broadway Street. Turn right on S. 13th Street and go about 6 blocks.The Hillcrest Park is on the right. Turn right into the parking lot in front of Hillcrest Lodge.