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Make a stool, live-edge bench or table
using traditional green woodworking techniques

See course details, dates, costs, tutors & stories from students below
Greenwood stool making

As well as Windsor and ladder back chairs, stools, benches & tables are firm favourites in the greenwood furniture-maker's repertoire.


Chair maker Ben Willis will give you the choice to make a beautiful live-edge bench, a small table, a milking stool (or possibly a pair) or an elegant tall bar stool. Over three days, you will learn traditional green woodworking techniques to hone your components, using ash freshly harvested from our woodland. You will then be guided through the process of shaping and smoothing the top of your piece, before joining it all together using robust wedged mortise and tenon joints.

This course is an ideal taster for aspiring green woodworkers and leads naturally on to our annual green wood chairmaking course which Ben will be running immediately following this.

If you are interested in taking part in both, please get in touch.

Live edge bench




We cannot yet confirm

if there will be a course in 2024


but let us know if you are interested

Stool making course




Tea, coffee and simple lunch included in your course price 

We also offer accommodation & evening meals

Click here to see what we offer

This course is aimed at adults, aged 18yrs +

and is suitable for beginners to those with experience

Ben Willis chair maker

Ben Willis learnt his craft whilst working as an assistant

with Mike Abbott, a key figure in the revival of traditional wood working techniques. Since his time with Mike, Ben has been honing these skills and has also learned from others whilst developing his own ideas and approaches to the craft.


Although not a purist, the essence of what Ben does is still rooted  firmly in practices developed over thousands of years. In today's tech-heavy society and in which manual skill is becoming less & less valued, the perpetuation of these skills is becoming ever more important.

Ben lives in the urban forest of London, where he teaches green woodworking and chair making to aspiring furniture makers, as well as producing his own work for sale.


See Ben Willis Woodcraft to see his beautiful work.

Stories from our students
Wood work courses, classes, workshops and experiences in Wales
So amazing – my second go on this wonderful course – great tuition, fun people. Good, wholesome food and relaxed camping fun. A winning formula for a crafty country escape! - Camilla
Wood work courses, classes, workshops and experiences in Wales
I am SO glad I booked onto the course - I really enjoyed it. I have had some lovely comments from people about my stools.
Huge thanks to you & Rob for hosting us! You're on to a winner there, and I would love to return at some point for another course. - Lucy
Wood work courses, classes, workshops and experiences in Wales
I emailed Wernog Wood at to ask if they knew someone who could make me a memorial bench instead of me just buying one on-line. Claire replied why not make one yourself! Ben was very knowledgeable and happy to pass that knowledge on to others while not doing the job for you. I had a great time and came away with new skills and a beautiful bench I made in memory of my Mum, Dad & Brother. - Jon

Upcoming Dates

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If a course is full, please join the waiting list as we will contact you in case of any cancellation ... it does happen!


If you would like to attend a course but can't make it on the available date, you can register interest in future dates.

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