Arts on the Lake Offers Chair-Making Workshop

Hudson Valley artist Jeff Johnson will lead the “Make an Amazing Chair Workshop” at Arts on the Lake, 640 Route 52, Lake Carmel, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Participants will design and build a functional chair out of recycled chair parts. Chairs must have a seat at least 8 inches off the ground, a back, and be able to support a 180-pound person.

“We start by taking old chairs apart,” said Johnson, “then learn a little about structure and design, which makes more sense as the chairs are assembled first with masking tape and then drywall screws.”

Johnson, who teaches Wood Design and Three Dimensional Design at the State University of New York at New Paltz, maintains his design and craft studio in Poughkeepsie.

“Make an Amazing Chair” is the first of the Sunday Workshops that will be offered by the Lake Carmel arts organization this year.

There is a $10 fee to attend with a $2 discount for members of AotL. Advance registration recommended at or by phone at 845-228-2685.

Johnson came to the attention of Arts on the Lake after speeding through Kent earlier this fall. Upon learning of his abilities, Kent Town Justice Peter Collins sentenced him to community service at the Arts Center.

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