Make a Windsor chair

South London

Make a Windsor chair

South London

September 19 - December 9
Cost: £480

Course details:

London’s only dedicated Windsor chair-making course runs over 12 weekly sessions; it’s a commitment, but at the end you’ll have made your own Windsor side 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 a traditional foot-powered lathe.

You’ll then make your seat, using various ancient hand tools 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.


Due to popular demand I have recently incorporated turning on a lathe as a standard element of this course. The course will kick off with a longer session on the afternoon of Sunday 19 September, during which I will introduce you to these skills. Thereafter, it will run weekly on Thursday evenings between 1900 and 2130 from 23 September. 

Please note that although my workshop is COVID-secure and employs the necessary social distancing and other measures to ensure the safety of students, all course dates are subject to the prevailing virus regulations in force at the time. If changing government rules require courses to be postponed, I will work with individual groups to ensure the course is delivered as advertised.

Course cost includes:

Basic materials are included, but there will be an additional charge for the seat timber. This will be £25-40, depending on what I have in stock at the time.

Please read my T&Cs for details on my catch-up and cancellation policies.

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