During this longer course you will learn a variety of techniques and develop your own dining/ kitchen/ patio table design, or other table of your choice. It is spread over one 6-day week (part 1) , then after a drying period, a three-day weekend (part 2) which is to be booked separately. During week 1 you will use a froe, axe and drawknife to cleave and shape components.
We will make a trip to a local saw mill where we will select seasoned timber for your table top. You will also learn how to flatten, joint and clean up boards. After a suitable seasoning period, Week 2 is for assembly of the now-dried components. You will be guided through the design and making process and will finish the course with a table which will last for generations. This course is only suitable for intermediate learners with some previous experience of green woodworking. (please see my Introduction to green wood furniture making on this site). It is especially suited for couples wishing to make their own table.
All the skills and techniques use readily available hand and portable power tools. There is also the option of combining green wood techniques with other materials, such as glass, stainless steel, etc. These skills can be taken home and with a modest outlay, you can make tables in your own workshop.
This course runs at the Devon Green Wood Centre in South Devon.
Week 1, Making all components
Week 2, 3 days Assembly and finishing
Details of local accommodation can be provided.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
There is a charge for board materials which can range from £30 or £40 for a small table, to £200 or £300 for a large dining table. The course is a nominal 9 days. If you need extra days to finish your table they can be added as necessary. Lunch is not provided but there is a basic kitchen with microwave and toaster. The workshop is heated by biomass boiler and a lovely wood burner.
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I cannot recommend Peter Lanyon highly enough. The table course was the second of Peter's courses that we had attended and my wife and I decided to jump straight in and construct a new 8'6" dining table. I think Peter was only a little less daunted then us as this was the largest table so far attempted on the course! However thanks to Peter's utterly professional and patient leadership we were able to learn all we needed to produce the table and enjoy the experience to the full. Ash was used for the legs, rails etc and the top was from some oak planks discovered on the course visit to a sawmill on Dartmoor.
Completed in time for Christmas, the table took pride of place at lunch when it accommodated 10 family members without complaint!
I am a convert to green woodworking and have already booked my next session - innovative seating of course!
I can't recommend this course enough.
Having been on the stool making course three years ago I knew I wanted to make a larger piece and the table making course was appealing.
Peter was very accommodating of my idea to make a console table rather than a more traditional table. He was always good humoured and patient, and managed me well to overcome my laissez-faire / quick and dirty approach. I am delighted with the end result which is now standing pride of place in my hall.
It's not just about a piece of furniture I am proud to say I made, but the process of making it was really special. And the coastal walks nearby the workshop are pretty special too.
I attended Peter's Introduction to Green Woodworking prior to attending the table course. No real knowledge of green woodworking prior to this. The table course was a great challenge, but with Peter's knowledge and guidance I now have a gorgeous new kitchen table that I'm so proud of. When I first flipped the assembled table over onto it's legs it brought a tear to my eyes and a tingle down my spine at what I'd achieved. Cannot recommend this course and Peter's skills and mentoring highly enough. I'll be back...
Peter is a superb craftsman who is happy to share his extensive knowledge and experience. Although I had done several courses with Peter before, I found this course challenging as I was making a fairly large dining room table, but I was very well supported throughout the design and making periods and added new skills to those previously learnt with Peter.
We now have a table which looks great in its setting and with which my wife & I are very pleased.
The nine days at Peter's workshop where exceptional rewarding. I had the privilege to share this experience with my 14-year-old daughter, who made her own beautiful piece. It was challenging, fun and we learned so much, not only new woodworking skills but also about ourselves and about each other. Peter was the ideal teacher and coach for us, always ready to help and never dominant. His workshop with its outside space is just perfect to be creativ.
This is an ambitious and unique course. Peter is a fine guide and tutor in both design and technique. For me the process of making a table top was completely new, whilst the legs and supports were more familiar as an extention of my chair making.
Visiting a woodyard to select timber was something I'd previously found very intimidating but going along with Peter helped me feel able to negotiate this on my own in the future.
Peter's thoughtful support and minimal intervention were just what I needed. He was always available for a discussion on design aspects and reassuring when I was concerned the table would wobble more than I wanted. He also enabled me to make it in sections so I was able to transport it more easily and with less chance of damage.
The workshop is a nice relaxed space and being able to work outside in good weather is a great bonus.
The table I made was really beautiful and the people I made it for were more than delighted.
If you want to make a table don't hesitate - do this course.
This was the second course I have attended and both have been excellent. As a complete novice at green wood furniture making I confess to being apprehensive, my fears were unfounded and I cannot recommend Peter as a tutor and mentor highly enough. All round a great experience in an ideal location and enormous fun, the learning packed into the courses is enormous and leaves you wanting to try experimenting on your own. I constructed the Patio Table and my son the nest of tables. Make sure you take lunch the nearest shop is 5 miles away!