Both courses are limited to four students per tutor to optimise the time devoted to each student.
You will be armed with all the necessary tools, equipment and basic materials
(green wood) required for the making of your stool, then guided through each step of the process,
starting with the usual safety chat.
In the case of the 1 day course, we will have pre prepared (roughly shaped) the components which make up the stool, leaving you to undertake final shaping and sizing of the mortise and tenon joints, followed by assembly using wedges to secure the legs in place.
With the 2 day course, you will undertake cleaving, draw knifing on a shave horse, drying, mortise & tenon jointing, and final assembly using sea grass for the weaving of the seat.
In the case of the 2 day course, you decide what size you wish the stool to be, eg, small for the young children in your family, a standard size for putting your feet up on whilst relaxing, or maybe a taller stool for sitting at your workbench or breakfast bar. Your choice, but it's a good idea to come with some dimensions at the start of the course.
The traditional 4 legged design relies on the natural drying and shrinkage process of the green wood to securely lock the joints in place, therefore, no glues or screws are needed.
At the end of the course, you can stand back or better still, sit down and admire what started as a log and with you own efforts, turned into a beautiful and functional stool which will last you many years.
During the making of your stool you will have gained many of the green wood working skills necessary giving you the confidence to explore and develop further the fascinating craft of green wood working either as a hobby or as some have done create a small business.
Three beautiful ash stools.
Baby size one awaits sea-grassing.
Happy students displaying their completed 3 legged stools.
More happy students proudly displaying their efforts after a busy but enjoyable day at London's Hyde Park Education Center.
Even more smiley students very happy to display their 4 legged stools on day 2 of the course they undertook in the Weald & Downland open air museum's award winning Gridshell building. But when is Chris the sea grassing tutor turning up?