Green Wood Chair Making in Portugal
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About the Course
Much more than a green wood chair making course! Learn to make a free-form windsor style chair of your own design in the beautiful surroundings of the Cerdeira artisan village in the mountains of Portugal.
The term 'windsor chair' is used to describe any chair consisting of a slab of wood for a seat, with sticks jointed into it to form the legs and back components. In six days you will learn all the basic green woodworking techniques, and you will take home a completed chair. This is not a course for people wanting to learn to make traditional windsor chairs, but for people wanting to make something unique and personal, which will inevitably express something of their own personality.
This course will run from 11th to 17th of September in the beautiful artists village of Cerdeira. It will be taught in both Portuguese and English.
In 6 days you will learn all the basic green woodworking techniques, including splitting wood by hand, shaving it to a fine finish, and jointing it. You will also learn to make your own shaving horse, a knowledge that allows you to continue to practice your art when you get home.
Peter Lanyon is a furniture designer maker, a green wood tutor and community project co-ordinator.
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What's included in the price?
This course includes 25 hours of instruction and guided work. You will also have free access to the studios to keep working if you so desire. Portuguese and English are spoken on the course.
The price of the course includes 6 nights of accommodation in Cerdeira, all breakfasts, 5 buffet lunches and a daily snack with fruit, coffee and tea. The welcome dinner and the dinner in Coimbra, as well as the Fado concert, are also included.
It also includes:
– A guided walk in the hills to the neighbouring village of Candal. This was the path that the village children would once have taken to school. In Candal, next to a small pool, we will cool down and try a few regional delicacies as part of our picnic.
– A study visit to the historical part of Coimbra, rich in architectural and cultural points of interest, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2013. We will walk through the narrow streets from the University to the lower part of the city, and sit on the terrace of the historic Cafe Santa Crux, enjoying our coffee and watching the world go by. We will visit the Machado and Castro museums, and then enjoy a delicious dinner in one of the city's historical taverns. At the end of the day we will attend a Fado concert. Fado was also classified as Intangible World Heritage in 2011, and hearing Fado is a great wa of finding out more about Portugal.
The groups are always small!
The basic materials for the course are also included. However, if you already have your preferred products or brands, feel free to bring them with you.
Peter ran the course in such a way that we could make what we wanted but that was realistic in the time available. He gave me all the support and guidance that I needed, his ideas were creative, he taught me some new skills and techniques, he was also really good at showing us how to use the tools and the course was great fun. Peter is a skilled craftsman and he is a very good teacher – he explains things clearly, he is very patient and spent his time fairly with the students. Peter’s workshop is in a beautiful stone barn in stunning countryside and this was also a memorable part of the course, especially as we could work outside in the sunshine and have tea and lunch breaks there was well. His workshop in a beautiful stone barn in stunning countryside was also a memorable part of the course, especially as we could work outside in the sunshine and have tea and lunch breaks there was well. It was a great introduction to green wood working – I highly recommend it to anyone interested in working with wood whatever their level of experience and skill.
Nigel Charles - - #5127
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Course Start DatesThursday 14th June 2018
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