Course Start DatesMonday 4th May 2020
About the Course
Six day green wood creative seating course.
A six day course run from the Devon Green Wood Centre on the beautiful South Devon Coast.
Combining the skills of traditional Windsor chair making with techniques of free-form green wood furniture construction, this course will enable you to design and develop a chair or other seat with a strong sculptural presence. A chance to work with irregular shaped wood to create a visually stunning piece. This course is a creative exploration of the possibilities of green woodworking and is suitable for beginners, for people wishing to undertake more challenging projects, and for couples wishing to undertake larger projects together. Come and push the boundaries of green wood furniture making.
As with all Peter's courses, there is a strong emphasis on design and detailing.
Starting with a fresh cut log you will learn how to cleave the wood with a froe and wedges, then shape it on the shaving horse with drawknife and spokeshave. All timber supplied on this course is locally sourced. This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate learners of green wood work.
Peter Lanyon lives on the edge of Dartmoor and runs courses from various venues including 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 coppice wood i.e. freshly cut unseasoned 'green' wood to make contemporary, high quality bespoke furniture.
Peter works mainly with locally grown hardwoods and has a good supply of unseasoned "green" wood from friendly tree surgeons and woodland owners. Having 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 healthy relationship with the environment we are a part of. Peter's ongoing work is explores the use of locally grown and sustainably harvested coppice and green woods, combining these with other materials to create contemporary furniture from what is considered a traditional craft. Coppicing maintains the root system of the tree, allowing it to regenerate quickly, and encourages proper woodland biodiversity.
Teaching green wood furniture making has long been an important part of Peter's life, he regularly runs community projects and does demonstrations and have-a-go sessions for both adults and children.
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What's included in the price?
All tools and green wood are provided. There is a charge for slab seat materials, or for woven seating materials of usually between £15 - £30 depending on the size of the piece you make.
Tea, coffee and sweet things are provided. Please bring your own lunch.
There are a variety of options when it comes to accommodation, ranging from basic camping on a local farm with easy walking distance, to campsites, B&Bs and very local holiday cottages for rent. Please contact me for more details.
I attended this course with my partner and we made a bench for our garden and a chair for my sewing machine. Making furniture is something we've both talked about doing for a long time but never done before. Although we were both novices we came to the course with a rough idea of the style of chairs we wanted to create and Peter helped guide us on how to realise these designs in green wood. It's a fast paced course and hard work but we both enjoyed every moment and feel really proud of the chairs we have created. This was a great course for learning, although we were all given the independence to get going on our own projects I never felt like I was left on my own if I was unsure what to do next. There was plenty of teaching time and assistance when needed. We have both learnt a lot and already purchased a few tools with Peter's advice in order to continue our green woodworking at home.
The course is held in a beautiful remote part of South Devon. We stayed in a near by Airbnb and took in our own lunch each day as there's nothing near by. Whilst not on the course we visited the beach, enjoyed some lovely local pubs and on the last day we popped along to the ice cream shop down the road and enjoyed and ice cream with a beautiful view of the sea. It was a fantastic week away.
Lauren Brown - - #21925
This is a great course for relative newbie or more experienced woodworker. You set the ambition level with your own design and Peter will advise regarding the processes, timescales/workload needed and guide you through the stages. There is a big additional bonus from watching other projects progress alongside your own, so you have the opportunity to observe many more techniques and tools than you would use by yourself in the time period. There's a plethora of good tools available and an interesting mix of people besides. Thoroughly recommended.
Richard Gavens - - #21834
I have long admired Peter's furniture and it was really exciting to build a piece with him. I have done a number of woodworking courses before and this was one of the best. Peter is an excellent instructor and patiently helped everyone through their designs, suggesting small changes where he thought they could be improved. The location is wonderful and we spent most of the weekend working outside in the sunshine in a fabulously rural location (the workshop is on the coast between Plymouth and Salcombe). All of the tools were sharp and I didn't have to spend time sharpening once during the week, which made a big difference to the pace and enjoyment of the course. I would highly recommend this course for any woodworker from novice to experienced.
Alistair Love - - #21824
I really couldn't have enjoyed this course more. Peter and Lulu create a fantastic atmosphere and with their knowledge, encouragement and endless enthusiasm (and cups of tea!), everyone on the course was able to let their creativity bloom and learn new skills in the process.
I'd had no previous experience of green woodworking but with Peter's expert guidance and incredible patience I feel I've come away with far more knowledge than I expected in just 6 days and a unique piece of furniture that will be enjoyed for years to come.
The course is set in a beautiful rural setting and was a joy to arrive to each morning and I was reluctant to leave each evening. As someone says above, don't expect to be able to pop to the shops for lunch, so don't forget to bring something and don't forget your suncream! It's on the coast but no beach holiday and the reward for your hard work is a fabulous, one off, future family heirloom piece of wooden furniture.
Pete Dawson - - #21769
What a fantastic course in a beautiful location! We all had different ideas and the interaction that Peter got between us I think helped everyone improve their designs. Mine was certainly challenging but with the expert guidance provided is now a lovely piece of furniture that many people comment on. It is even more comfortable to sit on than expected (although I definately went more for appearance!).
I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn more complicated techniques and produce a quality piece of furniture at the same time.
Martin Johnson - - #16528
A great learning experience! 6 people from very different backgrounds, with little in common. Some of us new nothing , some of us new something. Some had detailed ideas on paper, some had a vague idea or no idea at all.
The things we all have in common now are beautiful, unique pieces of furniture thanks to Peters great knowledge, expertise and patience. Peters workshop is a well equipped and inspiring space with a good amount of room both inside and out.
Mark Jones - - #16323
Great opportunity to learn from Peter's deep knowledge of all things wood. Would definitely recommend the course. Peter worked so well with us all to apply his knowledge and enthusiasm and help us realise our varied designs. Gave timely and wise advice and the right balance between showing us how to do things and allowing us to learn whilst doing things ourselves. Great location, lovely atmosphere and so much accomplished in 6 days. Definitely recommend this course.
Nick - - #16243
This was the second course I have booked with Peter and once again thoroughly enjoyed it. The tuition from Peter is excellent and the location simply stunning. Everybody came with different design ideas and Peter encouraged every one of them. I came away with a garden bench that I'm really proud of. There really is something quite special in making something from scratch with your own hands !
Simon Aston - - #15214
A great course. I arrived with an idea of the sort of bench I wanted to make and ended up with something far nicer and far beyond what I thought I would be capable of. The workshop is very well equipped and Peter guides one through patiently and expertly. A wonderful way to spend a week and build up green woodworking skills.
Jean Harris - - #15155
I absolutely loved this course. You come with an idea of what you would like to create and Peter expertly guides you through the whole process of how to get there. The location is beautiful and the workshop well equipped. Not only did I come away with I bench I'm really proud of thanks to Peter, but this was also the most chilled out week I've had in ages. I can't reccomend Peter and this course highly enough.
James - - #15121
Response from Peter Lanyon Furniture:Thanks James, I hope your bench has been admired by all at home. Great to meet you!
What an excellent course. What could be better, a well equipped workshop, superb location, and above all outstanding tuition, guidance and encouragement. This was my first experience with green wood working and to come away after a week with a finished garden seat exceeded my expectation. The seat has been promoted to the inside of the house as a piece of furniture. The course took us from the use of green woodworking tools through cleaving, shaving and then to jointing and assembling the furniture, all using traditional skills and techniques. I look forward to working with Peter on the Table making course.
Tony Burn - - #9259
What an absolutely fantastic course!! Peter is a most excellent teacher with so much knowledge and creativity to share, he really pushed the boat out with all of us creating completely different unique seats guided by his wonderful expertise. I cannot recommend this course enough, it is set in such a beautiful location, close to the sea, and Peter guides you along the way to produce a beautiful work of art that you can enjoy for many years to come. For me, it has really sparked a love for green woodworking, a totally absorbing and therapeutic art form, creating and working with this beautiful and natural material! Thank you Peter! I'll be back!
mary copeland - - #5186
A fascinating week. Peter helped us all the way from mad idea to finished chair with his brilliant skill and craft. The tools and facilities were great. I would very much like to continue with the skills Peter taught me and he has e-mailed a list of the tools and techniques to help with that. The bench got some great reviews by friends and family so much so that I've got 2 commissions already!
John Sweeney - - #2938
How on earth can I turn this green log into a chair for my dining room? Worries that were forgotten as soon as Peter started with his instructions. He is an excellent teacher and emphasizes in design. With every day I gained more confidence in using the tools and I went home with a really light chair. Thanks to the steam bent elements for the back it is very comfortable, too. His workshop lies in a picture-postcard part of Devon, where only cows and birds interrupt the peace and quiet. The facilities for working inside and outside are excellent. I come back – no question.K
Karin - - #2825
What a great course, so much learnt about green woodworking and the techniques needed to build a wide variety of furniture. At the start of the week the idea of producing a piece of furniture can seem daunting but Peter encourages and guides you in the right direction in his own unassuming manner. The tools and instruction are top quality and by the end of the six days you will have created a unique seat of your very own. Anyone can do this course and will find it relaxing, absorbing and totally satisfying. Very highly recommended.
Dave Curno - - #2708
Peter is a great instructor with a good selection of tools, wood and knowledge to let you create something special. The setting is special and the peace and quiet, good company and fresh air combine with working green wood to make it a lovely and fulfilling six days. Very highly recommended for both novice and experienced green wood workers.
Jim Hutton - - #1746
This was my first venture in green wood (definitely not my last) and it was a great experience, Peter is an exceptional tutor and I cannot recommend this course highly enough, the location is also stunning. This is a hands on practical course and you come away with the fruits if your labour. Word of caution you cannot 'pop' to the shops so don't forget lunch!
Ken Bromage - - #1738
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