What you will do
Two session class
Why buy furniture when you can make it yourself? In this class you make a wooden stool from scratch.yup we are not kidding! This workshop is perfect for the beginner woodworking hobbyist...it is great to take a friend too, but make sure you are prepared to work hard and get stuck in!
In this class
This workshop is not just about making a stool...ok well it is, but you will also learn loads of other things:
- split freshly felled timber straight from the log
- excellent axe skills
- use a drawknife and spokeshave to fashion the legs;
- find out what an adze and travisher is and use them to shape the seat - FYI this is called bottoming....yeah we know!
Now you can
- bamboozle your guests with your handmade, yes, your very own stool!
- challenge yourself further with Ben's Make your own chair course
- use an axe (yeah we know, gonna feel so manly)
Once all done, the stool is yours to take home and show off to friends and family, and hopefully sit on occasionally when you're not sneaking admiring glances at it when no one's looking.
Did you know?
We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
About your host, Ben Willis Woodcraft
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 of time, before being harvested once more - and so on.
Ben was for a long time fascinated watching demonstrations at craft shows by skilled craftsmen and women of some of the old woodworking techniques. Eventually, Ben got around to signing up to a week-long chair-making course in Herefordshire with Mike Abbott, one of the leading recent exponents of the craft and a key figure in the revival of traditional woodworking techniques. Predictably, he was hooked, and jumped on the chance of returning to Mike's workshop in the woods the following year to work as his assistant for a season.
This gave Ben chance to learn the craft in depth from someone with a huge amount of knowledge. Since then, Ben has been honing the skills he learnt from Mike learning more from others and developing his own ideas and approaches to the craft.
There is an additional for the seating timber. I have some nice local ash in for this, and the cost will be £20. All other materials will be supplied, come wearing clothes you don't mind getting covered in sawdust and wear strong shoes!
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.