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Make a live-edge bench or table

5(1 review)
Learn to handcraft a beautiful live-edge bench or small table.
Crystal Palace
In-person
£295 pp
Beginner
What happens in this class?

This course will run over six Tuesday evenings between 7 and 930pm and result in a beautiful handmade bench or small table fashioned from live-edge timber.

You’ll learn the process of crafting the legs and undercarriage of the bench from green ash using traditional hand tools such as the froe, axe, drawknife and spokeshave. You’ll then smooth off the top and sides of the bench using hand planes and other tools, before being taken through the process of assembling the piece using traditional joinery techniques.

After a bit of levelling up and sanding, it's yours to…

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Things to remember

The course will be hosted in the Stoney Lane Studios, a friendly working studio in Crystal Palace. The tutor is Ben Willis, a master chair maker, teacher and craftsman.

All tools will be provided along with expert tuition on how to use them safely and efficiently.

Basic materials are included…

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Latest Reviews
5(1 review)
Luke Phillips - 14 February 2022
What a lovely way to spend a Tuesday evening amongst friendly people; learning a new skill and finally getting to take home a beautiful new piece of furniture that as my mum described, “deserves to be in the Made catalogue”. We learnt how to use an axe, draw knife and spokeshave to carve the legs and joins. We also learnt some fundamental furniture making techniques - (my benches’ rake and splay angles are on point!). Ben let us choose our wood for the tabletop and I was very fortunate to get nice piece of spalted oak from one of my local walking spots, Nunhead Cemetery which gave my bench an extra sentimental value. This was my first woodworking course and I’m itching to do another. I’d recommend to anyone. Thank you, Ben for a brilliant course!
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2hrs 30min course
1 class
£295
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Age Requirement

18

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Your Teacher

Ben Willis Woodcraft is an independent wood workshop based in Crystal Palace offering a chance to get back to nature by using green wood to make a bowl, stool or chair from scratch.

Ben makes bespoke furniture and it all starts this way - as a log, as far as is possible freshly cut from the woodland. Aside from the practical advantages of using material in this form, as previously described, an added benefit is that it sustains the ancient practice of coppicing, a sustainable method for managing woodlands in which trees are cut, allowed to regrow again for a period…

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Class Location
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Crystal Palace
3 Stoney Lane
SE19 3BD
London

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Make a live-edge bench or table

Reviews

Luke Phillips - 14 February 2022
What a lovely way to spend a Tuesday evening amongst friendly people; learning a new skill and finally getting to take home a beautiful new piece of furniture that as my mum described, “deserves to be in the Made catalogue”. We learnt how to use an axe, draw knife and spokeshave to carve the legs and joins. We also learnt some fundamental furniture making techniques - (my benches’ rake and splay angles are on point!). Ben let us choose our wood for the tabletop and I was very fortunate to get nice piece of spalted oak from one of my local walking spots, Nunhead Cemetery which gave my bench an extra sentimental value. This was my first woodworking course and I’m itching to do another. I’d recommend to anyone. Thank you, Ben for a brilliant course!