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Green Woodwork Chair Making

Duration: 7 Days

Price: £495

Book with: Tim Gatfield
at Cherry Wood Project

Oakford Lane
Near MArshfield
South Gloucestershire
SN14 8FE

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About the Course

Make A Chair From a Log - 7 day green woodworking course.

Choose available dates (start date for a 7 day course) for a side chair or get in touch.

Green woodwork is an ancient craft based on the felling of a fresh Ash Tree, splitting this with axes and wedges along the natural grain (for maximum strength) then fashioning components for a chair by hand or with the aid of a leg powered lathe.

These components will then be fitted to a solid seat of Elm (slab & Stick construction) or fashioned into a frame (post and rail construction) which will then have a woven seat of Elm bark.

This green woodwork course is more than a basic course but the time allowed will mean that even a novice will complete a side chair (without arms) of style and quality. You will make either a post and rail chair with an Elm bark woven seat or one with a solid wooden seat in solid Elm known as a slab and stick seat.

Students who do not wish to make a chair are welcome to join this 7 day workshop and work on any other greenwood project they have an interest in. Ring Tim to discuss 07921 361484.

For example John Parr made a dining table last year.

Please note there is an additional charge for some materials e.g. Elm chair seat £60, woven Elm bark seat £35

Skills introduced:

* Selection of timber
* Safe use of hand tools
* Safe use of green woodwork tools
* Cleaving and side axe
* Use of the froe
* Draw knife and shave-horse
* Use of adze, travisher and inshave
* Simple steam-bending
* Preparation and use of elm bark
* Practical sharpening
* Use of the Pole lathe

Additional skills:

* Cooking over an open fire
* Use of an earth oven


* Turned and / or drawn side-chair with a solid or woven seat

Please get in touch.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The course costs £495 for 7 days which includes:-

7 days tuition starting at 10.00 on Saturday and 9.00 for the rest of the week

All materials to complete your chair except seats (an Elm seat will typically be £60 and bark for a woven seat £45).

Additional wood if you would like to try other skills.

Free Camping on site with hot shower.

(Log cabin available, £20 per night, book early as they go very fast.)

Each lunchtime there will be fabulous vegetarian lunches, home-made pizza party on Saturday night, a help yourself breakfast, tea's, coffee's and home made cake every afternoon.

Evening meals will be 'group self help' with basic ingredients supplied. One evening we may retire to the Catherine Wheel pub together and perhaps another have fish and chips collected with a B-B-Q being another option for later in the week.

Any luxuries such as booze, bacon or bonbons you will need to bring yourself - perhaps to share!

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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Accommodation offered
  • Suitable for beginners