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.
Please Note: The course price does not include the cost of your hardwood seat. You will get to choose from a selection and this is payable on the day. Expect to pay in the range of £20 - £50.
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 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.
Had a fantastic week at the ‘West Coast Chair’ course. A great group of people and Aaron’s teaching methods and style are perfect, all stages of the build well explained and demonstrated, then allowing you to carry out each stage adding your own style and ideas for the build of your chair. This is all at a nice relaxed pace in his tranquil outdoor workshop, with plenty of cups of tea and biscuits on offer!! Walking away out the woods with a fantastic chair at the end of the week is just awesome!!
Colin McDonald - - #23785
This course was fantastic, can't recommend it enough. The small group was great and really helped with the learning process. Aaron's attentive and patient teaching style made the creation of our chairs not such a daunting task after all. I was delighted with the finished product and found the whole week to be a wonderful experience
Ryan Jardine - - #23783
After doing the 2 day 'Highland Stool Course' last year and learning some new skills it was great to produce a really useful 'one-off' piece of furniture that gets used daily, so time to step up a level and decided to go for the 5 day West Coast Chair course, (another Xmas pressie from my wife).
Another great week of weather predicted, and it did not fail, nothing better than to work outside in a beautiful location and in great company.
I think everyone has a few doubts as to whether they can produce a beautiful piece of practical furniture that has come from such simple materials and new found skills, Aaron's teaching methods are clear, simple, and not hurried, he is always on hand to guide you through each stage, he encourages you to be expressive in your creation and you soon realise that any self doubt is soon left behind.
At the end the week you have a lovingly crafted, one-off practical piece of furniture that you are proud of and it looks great.
Many thanks Aaron for another great course, passing on of skills and methods and patience....
The only dilemma now is which course next.....
Trevor Turner - - #22011
After thoroughly enjoying the one day “Half Log” stool course and two-day Highland Stool courses, I decided to go for the 5-day West Coast Chair course. It was a small group of five – everyone was really friendly. Aaron is a natural teacher – he knows when you need a bit of help and very patient. Aaron would demonstrate each stage prior to you having a go yourself. If something did not go quite to plan, he would find a way to fix it. I thoroughly enjoyed working in the outdoor workshop – fresh air, working the wood by hand and great company! It was a relaxing and rewarding way to spend five days off work! By the end, I made a beautifully crafted chair, which I am very proud of! Built to last! It is certainly a talking piece! Thank you!
Fiona - - #21111
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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