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Rustic oak garden bench - one day course


Duration: One day

Price: £300

Book with: Ian Varley
at Rustic Carpentry

Tithe Farm
160 Nottingham Road
Barrow On Soar, Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE12 8JA

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About the Course

This rustic oak green woodworking experience is for a full day for 1 or 2 people working together to make a piece of garden furniture - a small bench.

The course is aimed at friends or couples wanting to share a very unique experience together but individuals are more than welcome too. No prior woodworking skills or experience is needed just lots of willingness to get stuck in and enthusiasm. You'll be shown lots of hands on techniques working with the grain & encouraged to use some beautiful old hand tools.

This day is about being creative & inspired, you'll produce a lot of wood shavings & you will go away with a wonderful piece of rustic garden furniture.

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What's included in the price?

All materials and as much tea, coffee and biscuits as you can scoff !



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We did this course for our 5th year anniversary (wood being the theme), and it was brilliant!

Ian was very welcoming, he was encouraging and very passionate about what he does, which was great to be a part of. We learnt traditional woodworking techniques and had the pleasure of using traditional tools throughout the day, which really made you connect with the wood and what you were creating.

Using the traditional techniques made it harder work, but so much more rewarding. We left the day feeling really proud of the bench we had made, also aching, but more importantly smiling from ear to ear over what we had achieved.

We have great memories of the day every time we sit on our new oak bench and would recommend this to anyone who wants a good day out!

- - #25256

I purchased my husband a course for two from Ian. I must admit I was nervous about joining him but we had the most wonderful day. Ian is a patient and calm tutor of his beloved craft. The bench is absolutely lovely and is admired by everyone who sees it. I can recommend this course 100%.

- - #25023

My wife gave me the bench making experience as a gift. In fact we worked together on it. Ian has everything ready and supplied some lovely oak pieces for the seat and back. We used ash for the legs and chestnut for the back supports.
We used traditional hand tools to do the shaping and smoothing. The result was super and now sits proudly in our garden.
Ian was helpful and patient.
Our arms and shoulders were aching, but we had a rewarding day and a bench that should outlive us.
Thanks Ian.

- - #21554

What a fantastic day! I bought this for my wife as a Christmas gift, and we got to take it on a sunny Mother's Day. Ian taught us so much and gave us the skills to make a lovely bench. A full day and we definitely caught the bug--we will be back to make more in the future. Definitely recommend--you won't be disappointed!

- - #21113

My husband and I had the most amazing day making a beautiful garden bench. Going from chunks of wood and branches to a bench to be proud of was frankly astounding. Ian was really helpful and full of knowledge. The day was so relaxing and it was great to learn new skills. Next time we’ll come back with the kids! Thank you Ian!!

- - #19847

Fantastic way to spent a cold winter day. A warm fire to walk to before starting then offerings all day of hot drinks. Then comes the course. A delight for any ecoerince of woodwork or enthusiast. Starting with making a rustic wooden mallet from locally sourced ash from bradgate making it with hand tools. Then making a stool with it and the tools from wood also sourced from bradgate. Help all the way and the experience of his carpentry skills and knowledge is incredible. Reccomend for all!!!

- - #19465

A very enjoyable day making our garden bench. We really enjoyed visiting Ian's workshop and learning about how things were done in the past and also having a go at these techniques. Our garden seat was beautiful and we were so pleased to see how a tree trunk could be shaped into a useful item. The course was well prepared and Ian was patient and encouraging at every stage.

- - #14449

spent a brilliant day with Ian at his workshop being guided through the process of making from scratch a beautiful green oak garden bench, if you want to learn and soak up a little knowledge about real woodwork Ian is your man, very patient knowledgeable teacher.
Thank you for brilliant memory, Doug&Angie

- - #11856

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Child friendly
  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Teen friendly

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