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Make a Windsor chair using traditional green wood working techniques


About the Course

A change of pace, fresh air, breath taking scenery and a beautiful chair, handmade by you…

Accomplished chair maker, Ben Willis from Ben Willis Woodcraft will take you through every step of your chair making process, from selecting and felling a tree, through to crafting your final piece. Using traditional green woodworking techniques and hand tools only, you will craft your Windsor chair from unseasoned ash, freshly cut from the tree.

You will learn to cleave your log with a froe & shape each component of your chair with a drawknife, clamped by the shave horse you are sitting on. There will be opportunity to try turning on a foot-powered pole lathe. Then, using methods such as steam bending & sculpting with an adze, you’ll fashion other parts of your chair such as the comb & seat until each curve is just how you like it… all made within in the woods from which your chair originated.

After the success and popularity of our previous chairmaking courses, Ben Willis will return to Wernog Wood for a third year. This time we are offering options of 5 or 6 day courses over which you can either make two stools, a side chair or an armchair. N.B. Due to the experience and extra time needed to make this more complicated design, the armchair option is only be open to people who have previous greenwood work experience.

This course is aimed at adults, aged 18yrs + and is suitable for beginners to experienced green wood workers.

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?

Tea, coffee, cake & lunch - We provide a simple honest lunch such as bread, cheese and soup which are included in the course cost.

N.B. there are two options on this course i.e. a 5 day chair making course for £450 or 6 days making an armchair (previous experience needed), or two stools for £540.

- £25 - £40 for seating materials
- up to £60 seating materials for both stools

£8 per night - Students can pitch their tent in Wernog wildflower meadow and soak up the alfresco evening ambience.

Breakfast & evening meals - not included in costs. Evening feasts are down to the students themselves, but we can shop for you with a kitty of approximately £6 each per day for ingredients! With use of an outdoor kitchen, pizza oven, fire pit and fresh spring water, the formula for evening meals is to team up ‘chefs’, two at a time to cook for the rest of the group…. the bar is raised night after night and the food just gets better and better.

About Wernog Wood
We offer traditional & contemporary craft courses in an idyllic woodland setting. Courses are instructed by practicing artists and crafts people and tailored for complete beginners as well as those with experience.

Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Wernog Wood is a hidden gem, right in the heart of the Clwydian Range, north east Wales. Our beautiful oak and ash woods are teaming with birds and wildlife, bluebells and wild garlic and an invigorating stream.

Just 200m from Offa’s Dyke and footpaths in every direction, you can enjoy evening walks in the heather covered hills, down into Ruthin, or along Offa’s Dyke itself to a variety of rural pubs.


Claire & Rob - taught by Ben Willis at Wernog Wood
Wernog Wood
Llanbedr DC
Ruthin, LL15 1YE
LL15 1YE
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Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Residential
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday

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5 days (9:00am to 5:00pm)

Next available date

14th August 2021


In-person course
- - #19558

I spent the most magical week in Wernog Wood and came away with a gorgeous handmade chair which is comfortable as well as pretty! I feel restored and reconnected with my creative core. Thank you to Claire and Rob for their generous, relaxed and fun hospitality, and to Ben for his good-humoured, expert tuition. Put me down for the next one!

In-person course
- - #19557

A fantastic slice of nature’s offerings in the Welsh countryside - a perfect mix of hills, woodland, meadow and stream all in very close vicinity. Claire and Rob made us all very welcome, and kept us more than well fed and watered. The chairmaking course was a complete detox from a life over-burdened with electronics and mechanical tricks that ‘save’ us the bother, and true joy of hand crafting something as simple as a chair. There are easier and cheaper ways of adding a chair to the household inventory but most definitely none so satisfying. All under the very attentive eye and encouraging words of Ben Willis.' - James

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