"West Coast Chair" Making Course - Scottish Highlands
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About the Course
Come and spend a relaxing time in the woods learning new skills and meeting new folk the green wood way. Green woodworking is a traditional practice using fresh wood still full of sap allowing the tools to split,slice,shave and cleave through the wood with ease. We will use techniques that have been developed over hundreds of years, that are in harmony with the nature and qualities of the wood itself. No prior wood working experience is necessary, these courses are for all abilities.
On this course you will spend 5 days in the woods creating your very own piece of handmade Furniture . Set outside in a beautiful woodland workshop over-looking the river Findhorn on Logie Estate. You will learn a wide range of traditional "Green Woodworking" techniques. Using hand tools and locally sourced wood you will be guided through the process of making your very own "West Coast Chair", in the vernacular tradition of the west coast of Scotland. This is a unique piece, based upon a chair in the collection of the "Highland Folk Museum".
During the course you will learn to use a range of handtools. We will shape the legs and spindles on the "shavehorse" with a drawknife and spokeshave, this is a hugely enjoyable part of the course. The seat will be scooped out using a scorp and travisher, both traditional tools designed specifically for the job. And then the most exciting part - steam bending the backrest! A lot of invaluable knowledge about the characteristics of wood is learnt during this process.
Aaron Sterritt lives in the "Cairngorms National Park" and has been making handcrafted furniture for over 10 years. He has spent much of that time developing his craft using hand tools, creating a healthy work environment and using a sustainable style that has no need for heavy machinery.
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What's included in the price?
Course's start at 10am till 5pm on the first day and then 9am - 5pm thereafter. All tools and materials provided. Tea, Coffee and biscuits will be provided all day long but please BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH. There is a variety of accommodation options nearby, including the stunning seaside village of Findhorn.
I did the first chair making course Aaron put on. It was a really great few days. The location is lovely, set in the beech woods and working in a small group is really nice as the students all encouraged each other. Aaron has great teaching style, very laid back, calm and patient. It was so relaxing and satisfying and I learnt so much. I never felt hurried or stressed. All five students made a very professional chair to take home, this speaks volumes In itself. My chair is the best thing I have ever made from wood, and I love it.
Matt Hawkins - - #17130
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Course Start DatesMonday 22nd April 2019
Monday 29th July 2019
- Suitable for beginners
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