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Introduction to green-wood furniture making


About the Course

This course runs over four consecutive weekday evenings between 7 and 9.30pm and offers an introduction to making furniture from 'green' unseasoned wood using techniques that have been practised for thousands of years.

You'll learn how to split logs into rough billets using a maul, wedges and froe, and then how to shape them further using an axe and drawknife. After that, you’ll then get to experience the wonders of turning wood on a foot-powered lathe. This magical device has been superseded by the electric-powered lathe, but you’ll be shown how do it ye olde way – using just the power of your own legs and a bit of sweat along the way.

The course will then focus on producing a simple piece of furniture using these skills - a three-legged milking stool. This will also introduce you to the tools used for more advanced chair-making projects.

After four weeks you’ll have a solid grounding in the basics of green woodwork and traditional turning, as well as a variety of lovely items to take home with you. You’re also likely to be highly addicted!

This introductory course offers an ideal entry point into the longer ‘Make a chair’ course I run in London or the more advanced, immersive chair-making courses I run in Wales between May and September. If you are interested in taking a combination of these courses, I offer discounts for multiple bookings. Please contact me directly to discuss.

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?

All materials will be supplied, as will copious quantities of tea, coffee, biscuits and occasionally cake.


Ben Willis at Ben Willis Woodcraft
Stoney Lane Studios
Stoney Lane
Crystal Palace, London
Greater London
SE19 3BD
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Suitable for

  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users

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Ben offers a great insight into green woodworking on this course. It is a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere with small classes of 4 people. This means Ben is on hand to provide individual as well as group advice as we worked towards building our stools. He is a great instructor and really nice guy. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone interested in woodworking! Great value for money too.

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