In-person course
in Hickling Pastures, Melton Mowbray

Bentwood Chair-making Workshop at Rural Antics, Hanwell Wine Estate Nottinghamshire

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Description

John will demonstrate how to hand-craft hazel, bending and cutting it to form a stunning garden seat. This Summer, we’re looking forward to sitting in the garden enjoying a glass of English wine. Even more so because we’ll be able to sit in our very own bentwood chairs, home-made from British hazel. We’re delighted to be welcoming John Hollis to the vineyard in June this year. John will be hosting a two-day bentwood chair making workshop, introducing you to the tools and techniques required for this traditional woodcraft. Working alongside a small group, John will demonstrate how to hand-craft hazel, bending and cutting it to form a stunning garden seat. All materials will be provided and the workshop includes a two-course homemade lunch served with local wine. At the end of the two days you will have created your own bentwood chair to take home with you. Alternatively, we can arrange to deliver your chair locally if transport is a problem. “It’s amazing that in two days people can learn how to make a chair from hazel rods. The bentwood chair making workshop is a good introduction to rustic woodcraft and it’s always a sociable two days with a fantastic atmosphere.” John Hollis. Outline of the two-day workshop Day 1 10am – Welcome and summary of the two days ahead. Introduction to tools and tool safety. Select coppiced hazel to construct chair. Demonstration of bending coppiced hazel rods. Midday – Break for two-course home-made lunch with glass of local wine. 1pm – Begin creating arms and back of chair. 2.30pm – Break for tea and cake. 3pm – Continue with chair arms and back. 4pm – End for the day. Day 2 10am – Review of previous day’s progress. Overview of the day’s objectives. Continue working on the chair back. Midday – Break for two-course home-made lunch with glass of local wine. 1pm – Add chair legs. 2.30pm – Break for tea and cake. 3pm – Cut and fix all coppiced hazel rods. 3.45pm – Time to relax in your new chair before heading home. 4pm – End for the day. To ensure the quality of your personal experience, the group size will be limited to eight people.

What's included in the price?

All materials, refreshments and a two-course homemade lunch served with local wine is included. You won't need to remember to bring anything. All our workshops are about learning and relaxing!

Duration

2 days (flexible times to suit)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

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Venue

Hanwell Wine Estate, Melton Road, Hickling Pastures, Melton Mowbray, Nottinghamshire, LE14 3QG

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
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