In-person course
in Stanwick, Wellingborough Maker & location details

Wooden stool making course



On this two-day introductory course, make a rustic stool or side table using traditional tools and techniques. You’ll start the weekend by being given a simple ash log and end it with your own unique piece of rustic furniture. Traditional tools and techniques will be used throughout the two days, including froes, shave horses and drawknives. By the end of the first day, you will have produced all your stool legs and braces, and these will be gently dried overnight. The following day you will carefully align your mortise and tenon joints and fit the various pieces together. Jon Groombridge, your tutor, is a self-taught woodcarver who started making stools of various descriptions, a few chairs, tables, beds, mostly as commissions. Over the last 30 years, he has demonstrated his craft at Museums, country fairs, shop windows and even a care home. The course is limited to just five participants. The course will take place in our training barn at Stanwick Lakes, a beautiful 750-acre nature reserve and visitor attraction in the heart of Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley.

What's included in the price?

Tools, materials and safety equipment are provided. Basic tea /coffee and biscuits are provided free of charge during the course. Food and drinks can be purchased in the café in the visitor centre or bring your own packed lunch. Car parking is also free of charge on the day of your course.


Cancellation policy

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


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Hearing impaired
  • Easter
  • Father's Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Christmas
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Rockingham Forest Trust, Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN9 6GY