After a forced break due to pandemics and other reasons, my courses are back! My chair making course is held over five days and you'll learn all the skills needed to make your very own chair to take away at the end. You do not need any previous experience and all timber and tools will be provided. The chair you'll make is a simple spindle back frame chair with a woven seat in danish cord. Due to the methods used to dry the wooden components you will fashion joints that require no glue or wedges. Such is the magic of green woodworking! ​ You'll use traditional hand tools such as drawknife, froe and spokeshave and develop skills such as cleaving, shaving, tenoning, steam bending and weaving. You'll also experience that wonder of low tech, the shavehorse. During the first two days you'll make the chair's components, assemble your chair over the next two days and on the final day you'll weave a seat. ​ Apart from the obvious aim of completing a chair to take home, the course is intended to be a memorable experience in the beautiful Suffolk countryside with like minded individuals, enjoying the peace and tranquillity that green woodworking offers.

What's included in the price?

Course cost includes all timber and materials ​ A light lunch will be provided, for instance soup, bread and cheese. Camping is available nearby and I will provide a list of local accommodation for those less hardy types! Courses will each be for a maximum of four students to ensure you get the personal attention you deserve.


5 days

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts



Cretingham Crafts

with Craft Courses since 2018

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For the last 40 years I have worked in many industries including construction, finance, motorcycles and the third sector. I have always had an interest in woodwork and "discovered" green woodworking about 10 years ago. A number of years ago I realised that I wanted to spend my days in the countryside, using our native tree species to craft beautiful and useful objects. I have always loved chairs and this seemed to me to be a perfect way to spend my time.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Hearing impaired
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Suitable for all abilities
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Hilltop Cottage, Kittles Corner, Cretingham, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 7BN