From log to chair

At Redwood Valley Woodland Cabin & Yurts

From log to chair

At Redwood Valley Woodland Cabin & Yurts

Dates:
September 9 - September 15
Cost: £525

Course details:

This course is a day longer than my regular woodland courses to allow more scope for individual creativity or to give returning students the opportunity try their hand at a different style of chair.

As with all my courses, you’ll learn how to transform the rawest of raw materials – green wood, straight from the log – into chair parts using a variety of traditional hand tools. There will be the opportunity to try turning on a foot-powered treadle lathe and to steam-bend timber to form components such as arm bows or comb pieces. If you’ve already had a go at these processes, this course will be an ideal opportunity for you to consolidate and develop your skills, and push yourself to take on new chair-making challenges.

All of this will take place among the beautiful ancient oaks of Redwood Valley Woodland Cabin & Yurts, a wonderful place to go off-grid for a few days and get away from it all. For accommodation, you can book a special stay in one of the site's comfortable yurts or beautiful treetop cabin. A 10% discounts is available for combined course and yurt/cabin bookings. Please contact me directly if you are interested in this. Alternatively you can stay the nearby campsite, while a wide selection of B&Bs can be found in the area.

The video below gives a little taster of the woodland workshop where you'll make your chair:

Welsh stick chair workshop from Ben Willis on Vimeo.

Course cost includes:

A simple lunch will be provided each day as well as copious quantities of tea, coffee and biscuits to keep your motor running. Students who bring cake are always particularly welcome!

Basic materials will be provided, but there will be an additional charge for the timber used to make the chair seat. This will range from £25-40 depending on what I have in stock at the time.

Other courses available at Redwood Valley

  • Make a Welsh stick chair

    24/06/2018 - 29/06/2018
    £475.00
  • Make a Welsh stick chair

    26/05/2018 - 31/05/2018
    £475.00