In-person course
in Newton Ferrers, Plymouth Maker & location details

Green wood chair making - 6 day woodworking course in Devon



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.

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.


6 days (9:30am to 4:30pm)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



Peter Lanyon Furniture

with Craft Courses since 2013

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Peter Lanyon trained as a furniture maker at Rycotewood College in 1995, before going on to complete an MA with distinction in Furniture Design and Technology. He is a trained secondary school teacher, and has been teaching in many different guises for 2 decades. His current furniture practice sees him combining green woodworking techniques with his interest in design, and his skills in fine furniture making. He enjoys passing on these skills and passions through his courses.

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Devon Green Wood Centre, Lambside Farm, Newton Ferrers, Plymouth, Devon, PL8 1HG