Green Wood Chair Making in Suffolk


Duration: Five days

Price: £400

Run by: Stewart Goldie-Morrison
at Cretingham Crafts

07795 346026

Hilltop Cottage, Kittles Corner
Cretingham
Woodbridge
Suffolk
IP13 7BN

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About the Course

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 tranquility that green woodworking offers.

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?

Course cost includes all timber and materials

Lunch will be provided each day and there will be excursions to local hostelries, farm walks and a celebration high tea on the last day. 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.



Want to review this course?

Zen and the art of chair making. Relax, relax some more and end up with your own hand made chair. Under Stuart's calm, patient, attentive instruction you can't fail to make a beautiful chair. With the help of the beautiful Suffolk countryside, some like-minded souls, Belle's lunches, Fin and Flea's encouragement (their dogs) this is a totally immersive tonic for the soul. Can't recommend it enough.

- - #15106

I have just spent a fantastically enjoyable, informative and, to my amazement, successful five days with some great people on Stewart's Chair-Making Course. As a total novice when it came to green-wood working, there was a lot to learn and tasks to perform in order to complete the project, but the atmosphere created was very calm and relaxed, and I had as much guidance as I needed when the inevitable questions came up. It was good not to have to aim for perfection, but to look at and go with what the wood offered. Apart from the enjoyment and skills I learned on the course, what did I actually achieve ? Well, I suppose the final word should come from the wife when I brought the fruits of my labours home. Simply - "WOW !!"

- - #14952

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Course Start Dates

Wednesday 8th August 2018
Wednesday 26th September 2018

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