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Highland stool making course - Scottish Highlands


About the Course

Come and spend a relaxing time in the woods learning new skills and meeting new folk the green wood way. Green woodworking is a traditional practice using fresh wood still full of sap allowing the tools to split,slice,shave and cleave through the wood with ease. We will use techniques that have been developed over hundreds of years, that are in harmony with the nature and qualities of the wood itself. No prior wood working experience is necessary, these courses are for all abilities.

On this course you will make a "Highland Stool". Set outside in a beautiful woodland workshop over-looking the river Findhorn in the Highlands of Scotland.

You will be guided through the process from log to finished stool using traditional hand tools and locally sourced hardwood.

Please note: The course price does not include your hardwood seat/top. You will get to choose from a selection and is payable on the day. Expect to pay between £10-£40.

Aaron Sterritt lives in the "Cairngorms National Park" and has been making handcrafted furniture for over 10 years. He has spent much of that time developing his craft using hand tools, creating a healthy work environment and using a sustainable style that has no need for heavy machinery.

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If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Courses start at 10am and finish around 4pm each day.
All tools and materials provided.
Tea, Coffee and biscuits will be provided all day long but please bring your own lunch.

There is a variety of accommodation options nearby.


Aaron Sterritt at Aaron Sterritt Woodwork
Aaron Sterritt Woodwork
Logie Steading
Dunphail, Forres
IV36 2QN
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2 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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- - #29648

What a lovely way to spend a weekend! Logie Steading is such a tranquil location and this back to nature course using greenwood reflected the atmosphere. Easy going and calm instruction by Aaron who has such a passion for working with wood. I am a complete novice at furniture making and felt a great sense of achievement with my finished product. Real nice chatty company with laughs over tea and biscuits, the soup was out of this world!
One final afterthought ….this was the first time in years I haven't seen people stuck to their mobile phones ! An occasional photo or video and that was it. Great. Ladies and Gents you can escape social media for a few hours!!

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- - #29356

A relaxed and productive weekend in a lovely location. Thoroughly enjoyed the process of making the stool, as well as spending time in some good company. Aaron clearly knows his stuff and has a passion for what he does, he also makes a good soup!

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- - #27299

What a fantastic weekend in Aaron’s workshop learning the art of crafting a stool the traditional way. A very professional teacher, craftsman & host. I certainly learnt loads & plan to enjoy my new skills/knowledge. A great birthday gift! Once again, thanks Aaron.

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- - #24251

What a wonderful couple of days! Relaxing, challenging, satisfying, sociable, and I'm so chuffed with the end product! Aaron's careful guidance at each stage makes it all within anyone's grasp.

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- - #23647

I had a wonderful two days making a "Highland Stool" in the woods. The course is well structured and covers all the basic information and skills needed to start working with green wood on your own if you want to - but importantly, you go home with a cracking stool too! Adrian delivers the content in a relaxed manner which makes the whole experience easy. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to know about working with green wood or anyone who just wants to spend a relaxing few days in the woods. Very therapeutic.........

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- - #23419

Definitely one of the most relaxing and informative course I have been on. Set in the woodlandss near Logie Steading, this is the perfect location to appreciate the qualities of working with green wood. At the end of the course everyone left smiling and proudly clutching their new creations. Aaron's relaxed and evolving style makes this course suitable for anyone, whether experienced in woodwork or an avsolute beginner

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- - #22709

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- - #21984

What a great way to spend a weekend. Excellent and well delivered instruction, natural rural location, good company and a very therapeutic activity. What's more you get to leave with not only a new skill but also something you have made yourself and will likely be "Chuffed to bits" with.

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- - #21110

After attending the one day “Half Log” stool course, I got a taste for green woodworking and without hesitation, signed up for the two-day Highland Stool course. I really enjoyed the two days working out in the woods with a friendly group of like-minded individuals. Aaron is a great tutor! I learned a range of techniques over the weekend! I am very proud of my stool! A terrific way to spend a weekend! Thank you!

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- - #20248

I really enjoyed doing one of Aaron's green woodworking courses last weekend, building a stool. I found it to be a charmingly refreshing change to woodwork as I knew it - rather than striving for factory machine accuracy and working drawing precision, I was guided through working dynamically with the material, exploring its strengths and using the wood's unique features to my structural and aesthetic advantage.

I discovered more about the material character, by seeing it transform at every stage. Starting from a chunk of felled willow tree and turning it into a unique craft, I could feel the ownership and pride of what I was doing really come through.

Book a course now- you will not regret it! Thanks for a great weekend.

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- - #20236

Quite possibly the most fun you can have with some wood !
Even better, you come away enthused, more knowledgeable, made new like minded friends and to cap all that, a new piece of furniture with a personal story behind it.
Just a great couple of days - honestly just book it. Thanks Aaron really enjoyed myself.

Response from Aaron Sterritt Woodwork:

Thanks Keith. So glad you had such a good time. All the best. Aaron

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- - #20231

A really enjoyable weekend. Great instruction by Aaron in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Ended up with a very attractive stool. Highly recommended.

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- - #18601

Aaron is a first-class tutor with a very pleasant manner. Careful, patient and helpful he made the course a great experience.

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- - #16868

A most enjoyable course, well taught, relaxing setting and we all achieved what we set out to do.

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- - #15049

A truly fantastic experience...I’m a total novice in woodwork and by the end of this fabulous weekend had made the most beautiful stool...Aaron is a wonderful teacher; patient and very encouraging, instilling confidence...his weekend is really thoughtfully planned and organised whilst remaining flexible and relaxing...a total must...a beautiful part of Scotland, and the setup in the woods is just brilliant...we went as a group of friends and truly had an unforgettable time...home Sunday evening with stools our friends and family will be admiring for a long time. Great fun, filled with laughter, friendship, sunshine and new skills...need I say more! If in doubt, just go for it, you won’t regret this decision ever...I’m definitely returning for another course.
Shona (50 +)

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- - #14934

This course was brilliant! I absolutely recommend it for a relaxing weekend in a beautiful location with a chance to get creative! You learn in a small group, so there is plenty of help available. I am so chuffed with my stool and can't stop admiring it! I have been showing it off to everyone! It is certainly something I would do again. Aaron is a thoroughly lovely young man.

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- - #14403

This is a cracking course. If you're not sure just go for it!

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- - #13365

Aaron's green woodworking weekend course was absolutely brilliant! Based in the stunning grounds of Logie Steading, the workshop is a total hub of creativity! Aaron made us so welcome and the weekend was really relaxed and fun. We were introduced to a range of woodworking techniques and tried our hand at a variety of woodworking processes. Aaron made it really accessible and enjoyable. We were so amazed and proud of our creations and are looking forward to taking part in another of Aaron's workshops in the future. After this weekend I'm totally hooked and was totally encouraged that woodwork is accessible and within my reach. I'm planning on getting some equipment and practicing at home this Spring. Thanks a million Aaron, see you again soon! Fiona & Iain

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- - #12655

Really enjoyable course. A delightful day, Aaron is an excellent tutor with a very easy going manner, plenty of time for everyone. I had never done any woodwork before but Aaron steered me through all the processes and I am now the very proud owner of a woodland stool. I will be back for another course definitely. I would encourage anyone who wishes to do a bit of tradititional woodwork to give this a go its really fun and rewarding.

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- - #12349

Arron's woodwork day course is a great day out learning how to make a greenwood stool. The day is really worth the time and money as not only do you learn some new skills but you also get to take home your days work and have the family marvel at your handiwork.
I would recommend this course to anyone whatever your age or experience. Arron's teaching style is relaxed and informal and packed full of woodcraft knowledge. Looking forward to booking up for a three day challenge when next available. Cheers Arron for a great day.

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- - #12348

Great day with Aaron learning amazing ways to work with greenwood. Aaron has a relaxed style when instructing and demonstrating which makes learning a pleasurable experience. At the end I was the proud possessor of a stool which was immediately claimed by my son as being "fantastic".
Working with wood this way is almost therapeutic!!!!
Highly recommended

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- - #11654

Amazing course with Aaron! Great way to chill out and learn new skills. All the tools were top class and being shown how to use them properly was really useful. Fantastic experience and leaving with a product of your handywork leaves you with a amazing sense of achievement. A must do course!

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- - #11589

What a fantastic day of woodwork with Aaron! I'm absolutely delighted with the amazing piece of beautiful furniture that is now my most precious possession in my home.
I never thought i'd be able to make something this good! Aaron looked after us all so well. His workshop is set amongst a stunning forest on the Logie estate. I learnt how to use all kinds of tools and techniques and can't wait to try something more ambitious.

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