You will be guided through each step of the process, starting with the usual safety chat, followed by wood selection, cleaving, draw knifing, drying, steam bending (rear legs and slats), mortise & tenon jointing, assembly and finally seat weaving using either bark or seagrass (your choice).
This traditional design of chair relies on the natural drying and shrinkage process of the green wood to lock the joints in place, as a result, no screws or glues are used.
At the end of the course, you can stand back and admire what started as a log and with you own efforts, turned into a beautiful and functional chair which will last you many many years.
During the making of your chair you will learn many of the green wood working skills to give you the confidence to explore and develop further this facinating and satisfying craft.
Chair components readying themselves for assembly.
Ladder back chairs completed and ready for testing.
These two use bark as the seating material.
Another of Mervyns beautiful creations. This time a spindle back rocking chair.
Despite a chilly, damp and misty March morning these students are proudly displaying their 5 days of enjoyable effort producing their very own "from log to spindle back chair". Just needs a bit more work on the sea grass seating before heading off home for a well earned sit down on their creations. Well done to you all.
Here you see 8 beautiful spindle back chairs Mervyn was commissioned to make by a customer in late 2018.
The photo was taken at the magnificent gardens and woodlands of West Dean House located in West Sussex, where he runs a number of his Green Wood Working courses.
If you would like Mervyn to make you some of these chairs, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, come and join us on the Tree to Chair course and make your own. West Dean House & Gardens link