Make a side chair from a Log (7 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

7 day

This green woodwork course is more than the basics but the time allowed will mean that even a novice will complete a side chair (without arms) of style and quality. 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 7 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 e.g. Elm chair seat £60, woven bark seat £35

Skills introduced:

    * Selection of timber
    * Safe use of hand tools
    * Safe use of green woodwork tools
    * Cleaving and side axe
    * Use of the froe
    * Draw knife and shave-horse
    * Use of adze, travisher and inshave
    * Simple steam-bending
    * Preparation and use of elm bark
    * Practical sharpening

Additional skills:

    * Cooking over an open fire
    * Use of an earth oven


    * Turned and / or drawn side-chair with a solid or woven seat



The course costs £495 which includes:-

7 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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