Make a bar stool

Stool seats awaiting some loving attention


This course will be held over six Tuesday evenings and result in the creation of a beautiful bar stool. 

You’ll learn how to cleave and shape green (unseasoned) timber to create the legs and frame for the stool using a variety of traditional woodworking tools such as the drawknife and spokeshave. Using further old-school tools such as the adze and travisher, you’ll learn how to sculpt the seat of your stool to a comfortable saddle. In the assembly stages, we'll explore some traditional joinery techniques which you’ll use to put the stool together and ensure it never comes apart again. The end result will be an elegant and bar stool that will be perfect for relaxing at your breakfast bar or even real bar if you're lucky enough to have one in your home! They also make ideal seats for workshop benches.

This course is aimed at beginners as well as those with some previous experience. As the end product will be made predominantly with hand tools, expect a reasonable degree of physical exertion, although it’s certainly more enjoyable than a boot camp, and everyone will walk away with a finished piece.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Materials for the legs and framework of the stool will be provided, but there will be an additional charge for the seat timber – usually in the range of £25-40 depending on what’s available at the time.


Ben Willis at Ben Willis Woodcraft


Stoney Lane Studios
Stoney Lane
Crystal Palace, London
Greater London
SE19 3BD

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Suitable for beginners


6 evenings (7:00pm to 9:30pm)

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