Introduction to green woodwork

South London

Introduction to green woodwork

South London

Dates:
March 28 - April 18
Cost: £195

Course details:

Green woodwork is an ancient woodcraft practice that predates industrial woodworking machinery. This course runs over four consecutive Tuesday evenings between 7 and 9.30pm and offers an introduction to the basics of the green-wood furniture making.

You'll learn how to split and shape pieces of green timber from freshly cut logs using traditional hand tools. You’ll then experience the wonders of turning wood on a foot-powered lathe. This magical device has been superseded by the electric lathe, but you’ll be shown how do it ye oldeway – using just the power of your own legs and a bit of sweat along the way.

The focus of the course then shifts to the main project – making a simple milking stool. You’ll turn the legs for the stool using your new skills and then smooth the top using a variety of other traditional chair-making tools

After four weeks you’ll have a solid grounding in the basics of green woodwork and traditional turning techniques used in traditional furniture making. You’re also likely to be highly addicted!

This introductory course offers an ideal entry point into the longer Make a Windsor chair’ course I run in London or the more advanced chair making courses I run in Wales between May and September. If you are interested in taking a combination of these courses, I offer discounts on combined bookings. Please contact me directly at info@benwillis-woodcraft.co.uk to discuss.

Course cost includes:

All materials will be supplied, as will copious quantities of tea, coffee, biscuits and occasionally cake.

Please note that course bookings are non-refundable unless cancellations are made at least a month before the start date. Requests to change dates can sometimes be accommodated depending on the availability of places and at my discretion. For my full terms and conditions, click here.

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