Make an Arm Chair from a Log (9 days)


We have experimented with running the 7 & 9 day courses together which has proved a great success. As you can see below there were a great variety of chairs completed on the most recent course with two of the participants being first time green woodworkers

Next Courses May 12-20, June 23-1st & July 14-22 2018

9 day

A longer course to give students time to complete a demanding project such as a chair with arms or a rocking chair. This course covers most chair making techniques including advanced lathe work, complex steam-bending and chair assembly.

A little experience would be an advantage but many first timers have completed this course with beautiful chairs to show for it - take a look in the chairs gallery

You will make either a post and rail chair with an Elm bark woven seat or one with a solid wooden seat in solid Elm known as a slab and stick seat.

Students who do not wish to make a chair are welcome to join this 9 day workshop and work on any other greenwood project they have an interest in. Ring Tim to discuss 07921 361484.

For example John Parr made this dining table last year.

Please note there is an additional charge for some materials: Elm chair seat £60, woven bark seat £35


    * Selection of timber
    * Green woodwork tools and safety
    * Cleaving using froe and axe
    * Side axe
    * Draw knife / shave-horse
    * Pole-lathe
    * Adze
    * Travisher / inshave / spoke shave
    * Advanced steam-bending
    * Bark preparation and weaving
    * Knife work
    * Finishing technique
    * Sharpening

Additional skills:

    * Cooking over an open fire
    * Using an earth oven


    * Chair with arms

    * Finishing technique



The course costs £595 which includes:-

9 days tuition starting at 10.00 on Saturday and 9.00 for the rest of the weekPizza

All materials to complete your chair except seats.

Additional wood if you would like to try other skills.

Free Camping on site with hot shower.

(Log cabin available, £20 per night, book early as they go very fast.)

Each lunchtime there will be fabulous vegetarian lunches, home-made pizza party on Saturday night,  a help yourself breakfast, tea's, coffee's and home made cake every afternoon.

Evening meals will be 'group self help' with basic ingredients supplied. One evening we may retire to the Catherine Wheel pub together and perhaps another have fish and chips collected with a B-B-Q being another option for later in the week.

Any luxuries such as booze, bacon or bonbons you will need to bring yourself - perhaps to share!


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