Tri-County Community College (TCCC) will be offering a 10-week Introduction to Upholstery course beginning in March at the TCCC Center for Applied Technology in Marble for anyone interested in enrolling.
“This class really has something for just about anyone,” said Billy Lewis, owner of Lewis Upholstery in Robbinsville and upholstery instructor at TCCC. “Whether it’s repairing an antique chair or redoing boat or car seats, it’s a really diverse skill.”
Lewis, who has owned his upholstery shop for more than 40 years, has taught upholstery for more than a decade at TCCC and discovered his passion early in life.
“In my high school carpentry class, I used to build boxes to hold my 8-track tapes,” he said. “Then I started taking those boxes and upholstering them with my spending money. After I graduated and worked for a couple months at Stanley Furniture, I decided to open my own upholstery shop. Now I get job requests from as far away as Atlanta.”
Students are encouraged to bring in upholstery projects they want to work on in class. The projects range from bar stools to chairs and Lewis guides each student in how to properly repair their individual pieces.
“Ten years ago I had a fabric salesman tell me upholstery was a dying art and no one was interested in it much anymore,” Lewis said. “But now I see it on TV all the time, especially folks buying things at flea markets or antique stores and learning how to fix their new pieces themselves.”
The Tuesday night Introduction to Upholstery class runs March 1 – May 10 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Thursday night class runs March 3 – May 12 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. There will be one class held on a Saturday to be determined. The cost of the class is $150 and covers both the insurance and supply fees.
For more information about the Introductory to Upholstery class or to be placed on the class interest list, please contact Ginger Hubbard at (828) 835-4214.
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