A cooking fire and permanent kettle

Celebrating completion of adzed seating at Castle Howard

Introductory course April 2013

9 day chair making workshop June 2013

The back-up behind the July 2013 course! From l to r:
Matt (workshop assistant), Gudrun (tutor), Ro (kitchen), Pete and Tamsin (volunteer assistants), Hamish (kitchen)

9 day chair making workshop July 2013


Designers Week 2012

Following the success of the Bodging Milano projects in 2010
and 2012, ten of the Clissett Wood visiting designers have shown their work in a widely acclaimed exhibition at the Harley Gallery at Welbeck.

Assembly on a 9 day course

The chairs all assembled!

The view south from Clissett Wood on a frosty December morning

Course dates for 2015 will be published on the 'calendar' page around November.
Please email me to register for courses alert.

Enjoy a holiday in a beautiful part of Herefordshire, learning the skills of working unseasoned timber with handtools to create something unique for your own home or garden.

New web site dedicated to Philip Clissett, his life, work and chair making near Clissett Wood.


I offer two to nine day courses in Green Woodwork and Chairmaking for novices, amateurs and experienced craftspeople.

I teach the whole range of greenwood crafts; from pole lathe turned windsor chairs, ladder back chairs with varied seating, contemporary and free form sculptural pieces to an ever expanding range of other projects.

Pole lathing

In addition I make a unique range of sculptural free-form furniture
to commission.


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Table in yew

This can become addictive!


to contact Gudrun:

by email:
by phone or fax: 01531 640 125
or by post: Gudrun Leitz, Hill Farm, Stanley Hill, Bosbury, LEDBURY, Herefordshire, HR8 1HE