Events, Classes & Announcements

I will be exhibiting at LilyFest in the beautiful Hocking Hills. Dates are July 14, 15, 16, 2023. Hours are Friday 10 to 6; Saturday 10 to 5 and Sunday 10 to 4. For details please see



Classes are underway for 2023

Classes are conducted at my Delaware County, Ohio shop. Students can learn how to build a Windsor chair or a 24"x 36" bookcase. All materials and use of specialty chair-making tools are included in the cost of tuition. The Windsor chair class is a 5 day Monday-Friday class. Students leave with a completed project that is ready for paint/stain. A $200 deposit is required to reserve a spot in a chair class. A $100 deposit is required to reserve a spot in the bookcase class. Deposits are refundable until two weeks prior to the class start. Windsor chair classes are limited to two students per class to allow for a very hands-on experience. The Sackback Windsor is a prerequisite for all other Windsor classes.

We are also offering classes for finishing projects using Milk Paint. These classes will include how to mix, apply and antique using Milk Paint and Tung oil. Classes include paint, oil, brushes - bring your own project.

To register for a class, please download the form found HERE and email ( the completed form. You can also call or email to ask questions - call 614-332-3246 or contact us.

Woodworking and Milk Paint Classes

Class Dates Cost

Sackback Windsor chair

(prerequisite for all other Windsor classes)

Call to schedule $850
Windsor Rocking chair Call to schedule $850
2-Person Settee Call to schedule $1,100
New York City side chair (4 day class)

Call to schedule

Bookcase - 1 day class Call to schedule $275
Footstool - 1/2 day class Call to schedule $120
Milk Paint Application - 1/2 day class

Call to schedule













Gift Certificates Available

Looking for a gift for that hard-to-buy for person? Consider a gift certificate for one of Johan's classes. The recipient will spend time learning new skills and will leave with a one-of-a-kind project that he or she will enjoy for years to come! To purchase your gift certificate, just give us a call 614 332 3246.

Early American Life Magazine

Johan Schmidt won the highest award as a traditional artisan in this year’s Directory of Traditional American Crafts, and his work is showcased in the 2023 August issue of Early American Life magazine. He ranks top in his field, according to a panel of national experts convened by the magazine. The experts—curators from such prestigious institutions as the National Trust, Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Winterthur, Historic Deerfield, Old Sturbridge Village, Hancock Shaker Village, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, and the Frontier Culture Museum as well as antiques dealers, independent scholars, and professional instructors—selected the top craftspeople working with traditional tools and techniques for the magazine’s annual Directory of Traditional American Crafts. Schmidt’s handcraft showed mastery of the art form, heritage techniques, and workmanship, according to the judges.

Johan Schmidt has been listed in the Directory of Traditional American Crafts - Windsor Furniture category beginning in 2012 with a few years' hiatus. Early American Life magazine has promoted traditional craftsmanship, providing its readership with comprehensive information on early American crafts, their history, their function, and the importance of their preservation. In addition, Early American Life is committed to promoting individual craftspeople and their artistry. As a Directory artisan, Schmidt ranks as one of the most talented. Be sure to visit Early American Life's website.


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