"Beautiful location. Excellent instructors" - Alan (Burford, Oxfordshire)


Stool Making

24th July 2018 - 25th July 2018 | Northleach, Gloucestershire
| £215
Course Provider: Cotswolds Conservation Board
Spend 2 days mastering the basics of greenwood furniture making...and create your own bespoke stool in the process!

Course description: 

Master the basics of green wood furniture making, as you craft a simple, robust and beautiful 3-legged stool from fresh logs. On this course you can learn the key skills and techniques of traditional furniture making, the history and traditions of a practice that has been ongoing for centuries and take home with your own beautiful/ comfortable creation. Perfect for beginners or if you want that extra guidance in honing your wood working skills.

The course step by step:

·         Start by choosing the wood for your stool

·         Cleave it down to make “blanks” for the legs

·         Using a shave horse and draw knife, shape them to a desired look or prepare it for the pole lathe

·         If you want turned legs next we can put them on the lathe and turn them to the desired look.

·         Next we look at your seat. You will saw it out of  a plank.

·         Shape it using an adze and travisher.

·         Once the seat is looking comfortable we can start drilling holes (mortises) in the seat

·         Then its just left to assemble and there you have it a functional, unique stool that will out live us all.


What do you need to know: No prior experience required. This course is ideal for those who have very limited knowledge of green woodwork and want to learn more!

What to bring on the day: All tools and materials will be provided, although you are welcome to bring your own. All you need to bring is appropriate clothing footwear and a packed lunch (a cafe is also available on site if you would prefer to eat here).