Make a chair

South London

Make a chair

South London

Dates:
April 10 - June 19
Cost: £400

Course details:

London’s only dedicated green-wood chair-making course! The course runs over 10 Tuesday evenings. It’s a commitment, but at the end you’ll have made your own beautiful Windsor-style chair and be well on the way to being a confirmed wood-nut. It's also probably the best fun you can have on a weekday evening anywhere in town.

You’ll learn how to fashion fresh timber, straight from the log, into the chair’s main components – the legs, stretchers and spindles – using axe, drawknife and spokeshave. For the more adventurous, or for those who’ve taken part in one of my introductory courses, you can try your hand at turning these parts on a traditional foot-powered lathe.

You’ll then make your seat, using traditional ‘bottoming’ tools including the adze and travisher. Then it’s time for some bending – using steam and a bit of magic to bend the comb (top bit) of your chair to a nice head-cradling curve.

After a bit of jiggery-pokery to put it all together, you’ll have made your own heirloom and probably won some admirers in the process. Guaranteed to have you hooked!

This course is a natural progression from either my ‘Introduction to green woodwork’ or ‘Make a Windsor-style stool’ courses. If you are interested in taking a combination of these courses I offer discounts for multiple bookings - contact me directly at info@benwillis-woodcraft.co.uk to discuss. Due to the time constraints on this course I do not include turning on a lathe among the skills taught. If you are interested in turning any of the components on your chair, please either enroll on either one of my Introduction to green woodwork or 'Introduction to turning' courses. If suitable dates for these are not available I can arrange a one-on-one session cover the basics of turning. Please contact me directly if this is of interest to you. Turning is a very useful skill to learn if you're interested in following chair-making as a serious hobby or even career.

Please note that although this course is scheduled over 11 calendar weeks, there will be a break week on Tuesday 29 May. 

Course cost includes:

Basic materials are covered, but there will be an additional charge for the seat material. This will be £25-40, depending on what I have in stock at the time. Copious quantities of tea, coffee, biscuits and occasionally cake will be supplied.

As this course is time-limited, if you miss a class you may need to come along to a catch-up session in order to make sure you get over the line within the allotted dates and walk away with a finished chair. I offer each student one complimentary catch-up class, but any further catch-ups will be charged at £30. All additional sessions are subject to my schedule at the time.

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