Green woodworking courses

At Redwood Valley Woodland Cabin & Yurts

Green woodworking courses

At Redwood Valley Woodland Cabin & Yurts

Like everyone else, I am keeping a close eye on the developing coronavirus situation. UK government advice is now to avoid unnecessary social contact, so until that changes, I am currently postponing my scheduled classes in London. My woodland-based workshops in Wales in May and June are more likely to proceed as planned, due to the outdoor setting, but I will make a call and contact participants nearer to the time. 

As a one-man business, I hope you will understand that handling this unprecedented situation is incredibly challenging, and your support as it develops would be greatly appreciated. Offering full refunds would at this stage be financially devastating, but please rest assured that any bookings remain valid and, as soon as normal life resumes, I will be in touch to offer new dates and discuss options with you.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility, I hope you stay healthy at this difficult time.

Come and immerse yourself in the beautiful woodlands of the Welsh Marches and learn how to make a chair, from tree to finished product. The woodland workshop is located in a magical ancient oak woodland, surrounded by bluebells in spring. 

The courses are held at the Redwood Valley Eco Retreat, a wonderful yurt and cabin camping site near the market town of Presteigne.

The focus for my courses here is the Welsh stick chair, a vernacular style particular to this part of the world. You'll be taken through every step of the process, from selecting and felling a tree through to crafting your final piece. This video gives a little taster of what you can expect:

Welsh stick chair workshop from Ben Willis on Vimeo.

For accommodation, you can either book a special stay in one of the site's comfortable yurts or beautiful treetop cabin, or stay at the nearby campsite. Alternatively, a wide selection of B&Bs can be found in the area. Discounts are available for combined course and yurt/cabin bookings. Please contact me directly if you are interested in this.

Upcoming courses at Redwood Valley

  • Make a Welsh stick chair

    16/05/2020 - 22/05/2020
    £550.00
  • Make a Welsh stick chair

    18/06/2020 - 24/06/2020
    £550.00