What you will do
Two session course
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 a weekend, this workshop will see you create a classically beautiful 3-legged Windsor-style stool using green-wood chair-making techniques and some unique 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, 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 stool 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
Select a class time
Sun 23 Feb, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sun 15 Mar, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sun 26 Apr, 10:00am - 5:00pm
None of the dates work for you? Let the host know and you will be notified when new dates are added.
You will only receive an email from us if new dates are added for this class, you will not receive any marketing emails, and that's a promise!
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.
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 day. Please bring a packed lunch, or pop out to one of the area's many eateries when we break for lunch at 1pm.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.