Two session class
Ben Willis Woodcraft, SE19
Join this fun and hands-on 2-week course and make your very own handcrafted classic Windsor-style stool in London, fit for a king!
In this class
Run over the course of 2 consecutive Saturdays, this workshop will see you create a classically beautiful 3-legged Windsor-style stool using green-wood chair-making techniques and some unique tools.
Students will be taught all the fundamental green-wood carpentry techniques, such as how to split freshly felled timber straight from the log, as well as how to use an array of tools.
The end result will be a wonderfully crafted and impressive stool, which you will be able to take home and show off to your friends and family.
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Basic materials will be supplied, but there will be a small additional charge for the timber for the seat. This will depend on what I have in stock at the time, but is likely to be £15-25.
Tea, coffee and biscuits (and occasionally cake) will be supplied throughout the day. Please bring a packed lunch.
For something that is so simple, chairs are a relatively recent invention (sort of). Chairs came into common use only in the 16th century. Before then people sat on benches or stones
Sat 21 Apr, 10:00am - 5:00pm (all sessions)
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Ben Willis Woodcraft, Crystal Palace
3 Stoney Lane
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.
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.