Make a Windsor-style stool



This course will run over two consecutive Saturdays between 10am and 5pm and involve the creation of a beautiful three-legged Windsor-style stool using traditional chair-making tools and techniques. You'll learn how to split freshly felled timber straight from the log, then fashion the legs of your stool with a variety of simple hand tools such as the axe, drawknife and spokeshave. You'll then use an adze and travisher to shape a comfortable saddle. This process is called bottoming. No smirking now! Finally, you'll be taken through the process of assembling the final piece, involving precision drilling and the construction of some super-strong wedged mortise and tenon joints. Then it’s yours to take home and show off to friends and family, and hopefully sit on occasionally when you're not sneaking admiring glances at it when no one's looking! The course is run in a fun, relaxed environment in the Stoney Lane Studios, a working community of artists and craftspeople in the bustling Crystal Palace area of south London.

What's included in the price?

Basic materials will be supplied, but there will be a small additional charge for the timber for the seat. This will depend on what I have in stock at the time, but is likely to be £15-30. Copious quantities of tea, coffee and biscuits (and occasionally cake) will be supplied throughout the day. Please bring a packed lunch.


2 days

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts



Ben Willis Woodcraft

with Craft Courses since 2017

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Suitable for

  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Public transport
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Stoney Lane Studios, Stoney Lane, Crystal Palace, London, Greater London, SE19 3BD