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

Green wood creative seating course (6 Days)



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.

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. Further details of local accommodation can be provided.


6 days

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