This course is ideal for learners who have previously attended a Touch-Wood "Taster Day", or have some woodworking/turning experience (enthusiastic novices are able to do this course too!) . A "milking stool" is a traditional 3 legged stool, which makes a useful and attractive piece of furniture in any present day household. On the first day learners will cleave fresh green ash wood, and shape it with axes and drawknives to prepare the billets for stool legs; these will then be turned on pole lathes to traditional or original patterns, with consideration to functional and attractive design. The legs will then be dried ready for assembly on the last day of the course. On the second day seasoned hardwood boards will be cut to shape using a turning saw, and shaped and finished using a range of hand tools; then the components will be assembled, using traditional Windsor chair making techniques. The tutor is forestry graduate Maurice Clother; a bodger (pole lathe turner) with loads of experience; having taught green woodwork since 2001. The venue is woodwork shelter in the woods, near to the Scout hut at May Hill woodlands. The workshop is equipped with plenty of shave horses, pole lathes and tools to enable learners to make traditional Windsor furniture. The source of the materials is all around – May Hill woodlands comprises 100s of acres of woodland on the slopes of the iconic May Hill, and is an ancient woodland site, managed in a sensitive and sustainable way. Native hardwoods are harvested on within the estate, to be crafted into a range of items, using traditional methods and simple hand tools. Enjoy this ancient and absorbing craft, coached by an experienced artisan tutor, and take the fruits of your labour home with you at the end of the course! Camping is available on site at May Hill, please enquire.

What's included in the price?

All materials, tuition and use of tools are included. Due to Covid restrictions, learners are asked to bring their own food and cup for drinks this year. There will be kettle fire with tea, coffee and herb teas provided. We are currently operating smaller groups to allow for social distancing.


2 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Cancellation policy

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


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Parking provided
  • UK Holiday
  • Accommodation offered
  • Father's Day
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Christmas
  • Weekends
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May Hill Scout Hut, up the lane to the left of May Hill Village Hall, May Hill, Gloucestershire, GL17 0NL