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Make a Windsor-Style Stool

5(11 reviews)
Learn how to make a classic Windsor-style stool in this fun and proactive course in London with Ben Willis Woodcraft!
Crystal Palace
In-person
£220 pp
Beginner
What happens in this class?

Join this fun and hands-on two-day course and make your very own handcrafted classic Windsor-style stool in London, fit for a king!

In this class

Run over two Saturdays, this workshop will see you create a classically beautiful three-legged Windsor-style stool using green-wood chair-making techniques and an colourful array of traditional tools, such as the axe, adze, drawknife and spokeshave.

Students will be taught all the fundamental green-woodworking techniques, such as how to split freshly felled timber straight from the log and carve a comfortable seat.

The end result will be a…

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Things to remember

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 £20-30. Tea, coffee and biscuits (and occasionally cake) will be supplied throughout the…

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Latest Reviews
5(11 reviews)
Rob - Jun 6, 2022
I had a fantastic weekend on this course & would highly recommend anyone thinking about it to dive in. This was my first taste of woodwork since school & Ben was a superb teacher, taking us through every aspect of the process in a very personable, informative & relaxed manner. I learnt new skills & gained an ever bigger appreciation for the craft. And got to take a home probably the most beautiful piece of furniture I’ve ever owned! In fact, I will be looking to book another course soon. The chair making course in particular looks fantastic.
Rob - Jun 6, 2022
I had a fantastic weekend on this course & would highly recommend anyone thinking about it to dive in. This was my first taste of woodwork since school & Ben was a superb teacher, taking us through every aspect of the process in a very personable, informative & relaxed manner. I learnt new skills & gained an ever bigger appreciation for the craft. And got to take a home probably the most beautiful piece of furniture I’ve ever owned! In fact, I will be looking to book another course soon. The chair making course in particular looks fantastic.
Vicki - Feb 9, 2022
A thoroughly enjoyable course. Ben is a great teacher - everything was explained clearly and he instilled confidence to use completely unknown tools. I am delighted that my amateur craftsmanship made such a wonderful stool, I would highly recommend the course!
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7hrs course
1 class
£220
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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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Reviews

Rob - Jun 6, 2022
I had a fantastic weekend on this course & would highly recommend anyone thinking about it to dive in. This was my first taste of woodwork since school & Ben was a superb teacher, taking us through every aspect of the process in a very personable, informative & relaxed manner. I learnt new skills & gained an ever bigger appreciation for the craft. And got to take a home probably the most beautiful piece of furniture I’ve ever owned! In fact, I will be looking to book another course soon. The chair making course in particular looks fantastic.
Rob - Jun 6, 2022
I had a fantastic weekend on this course & would highly recommend anyone thinking about it to dive in. This was my first taste of woodwork since school & Ben was a superb teacher, taking us through every aspect of the process in a very personable, informative & relaxed manner. I learnt new skills & gained an ever bigger appreciation for the craft. And got to take a home probably the most beautiful piece of furniture I’ve ever owned! In fact, I will be looking to book another course soon. The chair making course in particular looks fantastic.
Vicki - Feb 9, 2022
A thoroughly enjoyable course. Ben is a great teacher - everything was explained clearly and he instilled confidence to use completely unknown tools. I am delighted that my amateur craftsmanship made such a wonderful stool, I would highly recommend the course!
Kitty Warnock - Feb 3, 2022
Excellent teacher, clear and helpful, plenty of individual attention. I hadn't expected I would manage to make the stool, but did in fact turn out something quite impressive-looking.
Gaby - Feb 2, 2022
In this 2 day course I built a windsor stool. The course was extremely rewarding and fun. It was incredible to start with a fresh log and refine it (you also get a bit of a workout in the process) into to pieces of a stool and then finally assemble the end product. I am really happy with the outcome! Ben is incredibly skilled, as well as a really patient and passionate teacher. Would definitely recommend this class and am hoping to take another one of Ben's courses soon!!
Cath Rylance - Jan 31, 2022
This course was absolutely wonderful. As am absolute beginner I was amazed at how doable all the tasks were, the instruction very clear and easy to follow, lots of support when it was needed, and the whole activity just flowed beautifully. I had a few constraints due to health issues, but this didn't matter at all. Ben was extremely accommodating and I am delighted with my stool. I can't wait to do another course. The workshop is a lovely place to be for a couple of days to immerse in the woodcrafting!
Paul King - Oct 18, 2021
Ben is an intuitive and skilled teacher. He has just the right balance of instruction and trust in you to help you learn in an enjoyable and safe way. The course itself is a joy and incredibly satisfying. There is something elemental about working with wood with all the old tools and the fact you come away with something beautiful is almost incidental.
Anonymous - Jun 28, 2021
Fantastic course and Ben is a great teacher making all the techniques really easy to follow and fun, although you might discover muscles you didn’t know existed aching the next day! The best bit is taking home a great looking stool you made pretty much all by hand.
Frazer - Mar 19, 2020
Fantastic two-day course, nice small class and Ben provides a great balance between teaching, helping and letting you just get on with it. Couldn't recommend it any higher. Great value for money and you come away with a genuinely nice looking piece of kit that you're (hopefully) somewhat proud of!
Bee - Nov 4, 2019
This was one of the best courses I've done. Ben is a brilliant teacher, the course is so hands on, and I'm so very proud of my stool. It's so good in fact, my dad has said he'll pay me to do the course again and make him one! I can't recommend it enough, no matter how much experience you do or don't have in woodworking.
Emilie - Mar 27, 2018
I booked this for my husband as a gift and he has such a nice time. He's done some woodworking before but found the techniques in this class quite special, using no machine tools. The result is a lovely stool which we're very excited to use!