This intensive course seven day course teaches all the
skills in making a pole lathe turned or free form dining chair
(ie without arms or rockers). After an introduction to green
woodworking you can then choose to concentrate on making a
Welsh stick or Windsor dining chair, or a small bench with
solid seat. The first three days will introduce the skills
of cleaving, shaving with draw knives and pole lathe turning
(or shaving free form) chair legs and spindles and stacking
them away in the woodland kiln for at least 48 hours of drying.
Meanwhile the woodland steamer will be lit and any curved components
steam bent around simple jigs and devices. Day four focuses
on shaping and adzing your chair seat before an 'afternoon
off' for recuperation for tutors and students, or some 'catching
up' time in the workshop. Days five to seven are spent finishing
your seat and learning the skills of drilling at complex angles
while assembling your chair before a final cabinet scraping
and oiling on the last day.
There is a materials charge for seating of £10 to £40.
of chair styles made on 7 day courses
9 Day Chair Making
Workshop (includes Garden & Sculptural
This nine day course is the much recommended 'de luxe' version
of the above 7 day course and is suitable for beginners as well
as experienced green woodworkers, chair makers and designers
who wants to extend their skills.
Tuition again starts with an introduction to green woodwork and
then covers all aspects of chair making in some depth, including
the design, construction and finishing of Windsor and Welsh Stick
chairs. The designing and making of sculptural furniture, including
garden seating, is covered while more experienced makers have
the chance to design and develop their own project or tackle
and rocking chairs. The course allows time for skills to develop,
designs to evolve, and more complex projects to be tackled. An
afternoon off' for sightseeing or 'play' in the workshop is time
tabled for day six.
There is a materials charge for seating olf £10 to £60
A range of chair styles made on 9 day courses
of chair styles and terms used <<click
pictures of steam bending <<click
examples of seating styles and materials <<click