Introduction to green-wood furniture making

Duration: Four consecutive Tuesdays

Price: £190

Run by: Ben Willis
at Ben Willis Woodcraft


Stoney Lane Studios
Crystal Palace
Greater London
SW16 6AH

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About the Course

This course runs over four consecutive Tuesday 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 This magical device has been superseded by the electric-powered lathe, but you’ll be shown how do it ye olde way – using just the power of your own legs and a bit of sweat along the way.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 booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your 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.

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Course Start Dates

Tuesday 9th January 2018

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