Starting with an unseasoned log you will learn how to create a beautiful and unique chair which will last for generations. This is one of the most satisfying green wood projects and the course is suitable for complete beginners and experienced woodworkers alike. The "post and rung" construction uses the natural properties of green wood to produce incredibly strong, glue-free joints. During the course you will learn to split wood accurately, and shape it using draw knife and spoke shaves.
Using the unique qualities of unseasoned wood and following a drying schedule we will ensure certain components are dried out more than others prior to assembly, allowing confidence that all joints will remain sound for a lifetime or longer. You will learn how to steam bend components and assemble a stunning, light and practical piece of furniture to take home and enjoy. You will also be able to take away complete plans to allow you to make more chairs at home. As with all my courses, there is plenty of scope for individual design on this course and any number of ways to personalise your chair.
On days 1 to 3 you will shape the components, on days 4 and 5 you will assemble your chair, and on day 6 you will learn how to weave the seat in a choice of seating materials. There is an optional 7th day for those wishing to also learn the skills of traditional rush seating.
Peter Lanyon lives on the edge of Dartmoor and works from his workshop on the beautiful south Devon Coast. He has been making furniture for over 20 years in hardwoods, softwoods and reclaimed woods. Peter specialises in working with coppiced wood i.e. freshly cut unseasoned 'green' wood to make contemporary, high quality bespoke furniture.
Having trained trained as a fine furniture and cabinet maker at Rycotewood college, Peter subsequently gained an MA (with distinction) in Furniture Design and Technology from Bucks. Peter's work and teaching reflect the need to create a sustainable and healthy relationship with the environment we are a part of. Peter's current work in greenwood explores the use of locally grown and sustainably harvested coppice woods, combining these with other materials to create contemporary furniture from what is considered a traditional woodland craft.
Teaching green wood furniture making has long been an important part of Peter's life, he regularly teaches green woodwork to children in Torquay and it is a delight to see their excitement at splitting a log and creating something beautiful.
To enquire about the next available dates for the six day Greenwood Chair Making course, please email or telephone using the details above.
What's included in the price?
Tea, coffee and fine sweet things are included in the price. Please bring a packed lunch.
There is an additional charge for seating materials, usually of between £15 to £20. There are various local accommodation options. Please contact me for details.
This is a fantastic course. Peter's approach is relaxed but all the while founded firmly in an impressive depth of knowledge of his subject.
I came away with a chair I love, an improved skill set and feeling much more confident about tackling future projects. I would recommend anyone with an interest in green woodwork takes a trip to Peter Lanyon in his idyllic workshop.
Fantastic couple of days and I am happily typing this while sitting on my new greenwood stool. Peter is a great teacher - a good soul and one of the natural artists we need more of. A wonderful way to spend a weekend and I am planning my next course already.
The course Peter gives is great - it gives you an overall understanding of how to make your own green timber chair yourself when you go home and a good understanding of how to use the tools to do it and I'm looking forward to coming back one day to do another one ..
I have to thank peter and joe and my fellow chair makers for a great week. It is a great boost to the soul to produce something by hand.
peter teachers you every skill needed to turn a freshly felled tree into a piece of furniture you can take home and cherish.
An amazing course - what more needs saying? Peter is fantastic and encourages you all the way and the chair I have taken home will be treasured for the rest of my life and doubtless passed on through the family - A true heir loom - May-be I should make some more!! Thank you Peter you have enabled me to achieve a dream.....
This course was an inspiration to me. I have very limited woodworking experience, and going from a log of ash to a chair in 6 days is a steep learning curve, but completely absorbing. I was very happy to end the week with such a lovely chair, all of which I had made myself, and I am now planning to go on Peter's shave horse course and to have another go at chair making at home.
Peter is an excellent teacher and his workshop is in a wonderful location only a few minutes walk from the South Devon Coast Path. I highly recommend this course.
This course was absolutely amazing. I still cannot believe that I made a chair which proudly stands in my leaving room. Peter is a wonderful passionate and generous teacher. I would strongly recommend this course, I am already planing to return for another course.
The course was absolutely brilliant. Peter is super friendly and has an immense knowledge of furniture making and working with green wood. There is a lot to get done, but the atmosphere is relaxed, allowing you to absorb the techniques you are learning as you go. My favourite aspect of the course is that you are able to modify the design of the chair to reflect your own personal style. Highly recommended!
This was an excellent course. I have worked with wood for many years, but never with green wood, I think I am probably now hooked. Peter's teaching was very clear, he was always on hand to help, and every single member of the course left there with a beautifully constructed chair. I very much hope to attend another of his courses one day.
What a wonderful week! Peter's experience and knowledge as a craftsman were a privilege to work with. The location in south Devon is fantastic and very picturesque. I'm so happy with the chair and the course has inspired many more ideas and more chairs to make. I highly recommend the course, the tools were also great.
What a week! I came to this course pretty much as a novice on the shave horse, having had a great day, also with Peter, producing my own shave horse. The course gave me the flexibility to produce the chair that I wanted, not only in terms of design but also wood selection. Peter's expert guidance and support throughout the week enabled me to craft a chair with character, encouraging me to go on and make more at home.
A really good week starting with logs and ending up with a unique functional chair! Peter's calm patience made it possible. All new ways of working- very hard work but at the same time removed from every day life so releasing and relaxing, leaving a feeling of being more in touch with life. Highly recommended.
This course was one of the best things I have ever done. I came to this as a complete novice and ended the week with a beautiful chair and an incredible sense of achievement. Lovely location, great teaching, wonderful people, I would recommend it to everyone.
I have wanted to do this course for quite some time and after finally finding the time I was worried that my expectations would exceed reality. I need not have worried, reality far exceeded expectations. Peter's workshop was the perfect venue tucked away in beautiful South Devon, it is the perfect location. Peter's calm instruction and patient coaching make him the ideal teacher. He conveys his passion for greenwood with enthusiasm and great knowledge.
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Have wanted to make some greenwood chairs for ages, glad I chose this course as a starting point. Peter is an excellent tutor, unflappable, and has an answer for every 'challenge' (mistake). Lovely setting, a thoroughly enjoyable week in good company, the end products were really impressive!
An excellent course in a lovely setting. Peter's skill in teaching, patience and depth of knowledge make for a great week of hard work and good friendship! And I've come home with (though I say it myself) a fine chair and a burning ambition to make some more. Highly recommended!
Thoroughly enjoyed the course and I can wholeheartedly recommend it. Peter is a natural teacher who can impart a great deal of knowledge and help, and he maintains a relaxed, fun atmosphere. You'll be amazed at what you can learn in just a few days. The outcome is a fantastic, unique chair - I use mine everyday - and have made myself a shave horse so I can continue using the skills that I have learnt.
An excellent and rewarding course. Peter is an exceptional teacher of all things wood and has the natural ability to create a relaxed and fun environment, whilst all along imparting the green woodworking skills necessary to make a unique and individual chair.
This course was truly awe-inspiring. Peter's depth and breadth of knowledge within the fields of green woodwork and furniture making is unsurpassed. He has a solution and workaround for any and every eventuality working with such a naturally unpredictable material as green wood. Having done only a small amount of green woodwork before and no furniture making I found the course to be really accessible and great fun. This is all down to Peter's attentive and natural teaching style. It's like catching up with an old friend (and you get to take a chair home!) I have the bug. And have since made my own shave horse so I can continue building on the skills learnt on the course.