View Photos

    Make a Windsor-Style Stool

    Crystal Palace·Obby course ratingObby course ratingObby course ratingObby course ratingObby course rating·Contact host
    Ben Willis Woodcraft - Obby

    Ben Willis Woodcraft

    Obby class duration
    Obby class venue
    Obby class level
    Obby class price

    Two session






    Lowest price


    £185Per person

    Choose a session:

    Book now
    Send me more dates

    You're not the only one eyeing this one up

    There are only 2 spaces available!

    Book now

    About this class

    This class runs over multiple days. Click here to see additional dates.

    Sat 9 Sep, 10:00am - 5:00pm

    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.

    Now you can

    • Have this chair as beautiful furniture for your home (and even as something to sit on once in a while)!
    • Continue to craft similar objects using the techniques learnt during the course
    • Teach friends and family how to make beautiful objects such as this stool, using the tips and tricks learnt from the course

    Other instructions

    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.

    Fun fact

    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

    Get ready for

    • 2 session course

    Dates & times

    Sat 2 Sep, 10:00am - 5:00pm

    + 1 additional class

    2 spots left
    Sat 9 Sep, 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Book your place

    Sat 21 Oct, 10:00am - 5:00pm

    + 1 additional class

    Sat 28 Oct, 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Send me more dates

    Sat 25 Nov, 10:00am - 5:00pm

    + 1 additional class

    1 spots left
    Sat 2 Dec, 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Book your place

    Hosted by Ben Willis Woodcraft

    Member since June 2016

    Trusted partner
    Ben Willis Woodcraft - Obby

    Ben Willis Woodcraft

    Response rate: 100%

    Response time: within 1 day

    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.


    Obby is a trusted community marketplace where you can discover and book local classes and workshops in London.

    We work with London’s best artists, makers, chefs, mixologists and teachers. And we meet every single one of them personally, so you can be confident in your learning experience.

    Lowest price guarantee

    We guarantee you won't find this class cheaper anywhere else. If you do, please let us know and you'll get your money back.

    Secure payment

    Booking with Obby is in real-time. We will confirm your place and hold your money until the class has been provided so you don't have to worry.

    Best terms in the biz

    We offer the most flexible cancellation terms around. If something comes up and you need to cancel or reschedule, we will do anything we can to find a solution. See our full terms here.