Make a Windsor chair using
traditional green woodworking techniques
A change of pace, fresh air, breath taking scenery and a beautiful chair, handmade by you…
Taught by Ben Willis
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Suitable for beginners to experienced greenwood workers
This course is aimed at adults, aged 18yrs +
Accomplished chair maker, Ben Willis will take you through every step of your chair making process, from selecting and felling a tree, through to crafting your final piece. Using traditional green woodworking techniques and hand tools only, you will craft your Windsor chair from unseasoned ash, freshly cut from the tree.
You will learn to cleave your log with a froe & shape each component of your chair with a drawknife, clamped by the shave horse you are sitting on. There will be opportunity to try turning on a foot-powered pole lathe. Then, using methods such as steam bending & sculpting with an adze, you’ll fashion other parts of your chair such as the comb & seat until each curve is just how you like it… all made within in the woods from which your chair originated.
Depending on demand, we are offering a six day course for anyone who would like to make an armchair. Due to the experience and extra time needed to make this more complicated design, this is only open to people who have previous green wood work experience, with us or anyone else.
£450 - Tuition and basic materials for 5 day chair making (+£25-£40 for seating materials)
£540 - Tuition and basic materials for 6 day armchair making (+£25-£40 for seating materials)
£8 per night - Basic wild camping in Wernog wildflower meadow
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Tea, coffee and simple lunch - included in course price
Breakfast & evening meals - not included in costs.
We have an outdoor kitchen and pizza oven for cooking evening meals. We recommend campers take turns to cook in pairs with a kitty of approximately £6 each per day for ingredients... we can shop for you!
Stories from our students
'I spent the most magical week in Wernog Wood and came away with a gorgeous handmade chair which is comfortable as well as pretty! I feel restored and reconnected with my creative core. Thank you to Claire and Rob for their generous, relaxed and fun hospitality, and to Ben for his good-humoured, expert tuition. Put me down for the next one!' - Camilla
'A fantastic slice of nature’s offerings in the Welsh countryside - a perfect mix of hills, woodland, meadow and stream all in very close vicinity. Claire and Rob made us all very welcome, and kept us more than well fed and watered. The chairmaking course was a complete detox from a life over-burdened with electronics and mechanical tricks that ‘save’ us the bother, and true joy of hand crafting something as simple as a chair. There are easier and cheaper ways of adding a chair to the household inventory but most definitely none so satisfying. All under the very attentive eye and encouraging words of Ben Willis.' - James
"Badly wanting a complete breather from work, I needed a holiday that was different in every way from my normal stressful day. I have always enjoyed making things, but I hadn't appreciated that I would leave with so much more than a beautiful handmade chair. Thrown together with a small group of people from all walks of life, I wondered whether we would all get on... but camping and cooking for each other soon levelled us. I didn't leave the wood for a week and came home feeling revitalised... so good that I kept going back and now have four greenwood chairs around my kitchen table.... so good that I'm now organising courses for others to enjoy'. - Claire