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Make a wooden bar stool

Learn to make a bar stool using traditional woodworking techniques and tools.
Crystal Palace
£295 pp
What happens in this class?

This course will be held over six Tuesday evenings and result in the creation of a beautiful three-legged bar stool. 

You’ll learn how to cleave (split) and shape green (unseasoned) timber to create the legs and frame for the stool using a variety of traditional woodworking tools such as the drawknife and spokeshave. Using further old-school tools such as the adze and travisher, you’ll learn how to sculpt the seat of your stool to a comfortable saddle. In the assembly stages, we'll explore some traditional joinery techniques which you’ll use to put the stool…

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Things to remember

The course will be held in the Stoney Lane Studios in Crystal Palace, a venue that easily accessible via the London Overground service.

All tools and Basic materials will be supplied, but there will be a small additional charge for the timber for the seat. This will depend on what…

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Do I need any prior experience?
No, this course is aimed at beginners and you will be expertly guided through the whole process.
What if I miss a session?
Inevitably, life sometimes gets in the way, and if you miss a session I will do everything to make sure you catch up and walk away with a completed stool.
Can I design my own stool?
Due to the time-limited nature of the course, we follow a set design template. However, there are a few elements where individual aesthetics can be incorporated.
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Flexible cancellation policy

Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.
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
Crystal Palace
3 Stoney Lane
SE19 3BD