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

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

Duration: 2 days 10am-4pm

Price: £179

Run by: Helenka Brown
at Rural Antics, Hanwell Wine Estate

01949 81393

Pastures Vineyard
Melton Road
Hickling Pastures
Melton Mowbray
Nottinghamshire
LE14 3QG

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About the Course

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.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

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!



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Course Start Dates

Saturday 3rd March 2018
Sunday 4th March 2018

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