In-person course
in Newton Ferrers, Plymouth Maker & location details

Introduction to green wood furniture making - two days



A two day course learning the skills and techniques of green woodworking, with an emphasis on contemporary design and detailing. Maximum of 6 students. You will make either a low stool or a side table using a variety of edge tools. Starting with a fresh cut log you will learn how to cleave the wood with a froe and wedges, then shape it on the shaving horse with drawknife and spokeshave. Joints used will be through-wedged-tenons. Use of contrasting timbers, and sculpted free-form table tops or seats are all available options, depending on your skill level and confidence. All timber supplied on this course is locally sourced. This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate learners of green woodwork. Peter Lanyon lives on the edge of Dartmoor and runs course from various venues including his workshop on the beautiful South Devon coast. He has been making furniture for over 20 years in hardwoods, softwoods and reclaimed woods. Peter specialises in working with coppice wood i.e. freshly cut unseasoned 'green' wood to make contemporary, high quality bespoke furniture. Peter works mainly with locally grown hardwoods and has a good supply of unseasoned "green" wood from friendly tree surgeons and woodland owners. Having trained as a fine furniture and cabinet maker at Rycotewood college, Peter subsequently gained an MA (with distinction) in Furniture Design and Technology from Bucks. Peter's work and teaching reflect the need to create a healthy relationship with the environment we are a part of. Peter's ongoing work explores the use of locally grown and sustainably harvested coppice and green woods, combining these with other materials to create contemporary furniture from what is considered a traditional craft. Coppicing maintains the root system of the tree, allowing it to regenerate quickly, and encourages proper woodland biodiversity. Further details of local accommodation can be provided.

What's included in the price?

Tea, coffee and biscuits available. Bring your own lunch - microwave, toaster available. The workshop is situated in a very beautiful valley in the South Hams. The sea is about 10 minutes walk from the workshop. There are great places to stay, including some very lovely self-catering cottage accommodation within 5 minutes walk. There is usually a small charge of around £10 to £20 for board material i.e. seats or table tops. You are welcome to bring your own materials if you have them.


2 days

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



Peter Lanyon Furniture

with Craft Courses since 2013

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Peter Lanyon trained as a furniture maker at Rycotewood College in 1995, before going on to complete an MA with distinction in Furniture Design and Technology. He is a trained secondary school teacher, and has been teaching in many different guises for 2 decades. His current furniture practice sees him combining green woodworking techniques with his interest in design, and his skills in fine furniture making. He enjoys passing on these skills and passions through his courses.

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  • Suitable for beginners
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Devon Green Wood Centre, Lambside Farm, Newton Ferrers, Plymouth, Devon, PL8 1HG