Featured on the BBC Mastercrafts series with Monty Don, we run this course just once each year in early November.
This is an opportunity to make something really special. Over the five days you start with a log and end up with your very own post and rung chair that will last for generations.
Starting by cleaving the log, we demonstrate and help you through the processes of cleaving, draw-knifing, spoke-shaving and boring as well as steam bending the back legs and slats and marking out and hand cutting mortise and tenon joints. At the end of the course you will have a fully assembled unseated chair along with simple instructions and materials to weave the seat at home. (The weaving takes two-three hours and is very straight-forward.)
This traditional design requires no glue or metal fixings - simply the natural shrinkage of the wood will lock all of the joints with the exception of the top slat which is held into place with a square oak peg in a round hole.
These lightweight chairs can easily be carried home.
This masterclass offers an opportunity to get a more in-depth understanding of green woodworking than our shorter courses and spending five days in the woods is an even more relaxing escape than the short courses. It's a truly exceptional experience.
Price: £834 per person, including materials and use of a dedicated set of high quality tools.
When: once a year in November.
Who For: open to be booked by individuals; these courses can have up to four people attending; ages 18+; novices and experienced woodworkers alike.
The calendar below shows the availability of all of our courses. Please select your desired date to make a reservation.
Essential Information: please bring your own packed lunch, or buy one of the locally produced pies available in our Woodland Kitchen - where they can also be heated through. Sturdy footwear should be worn and although we can all comfortably work under shelter should it rain, it is worth bringing suitable clothing for the short walk across the meadow to the Woodland Workshop. Full directions are supplied on booking. On the middle night (typically, Wednesday), we often need to work a bit later than 5pm in order to be sure all of the steam bent sections are set ready for the next day. Therefore, please keep the early evening of the middle day free from any other commitments.