chair making

An introduction to chair making

Saturday 17 February 2018


The course

A one-day introduction to traditional chair making. The day will begin with a discussion on different seating constructions and designs. A short foray into the museum woods will focus on the sustainable management of woodlands for timber requirements and we will explore the artistic potential using natural form, shape and texture.

Using traditional tools and techniques students will complete an elegant stool to take home, as well as the experience and knowledge to make other pieces of furniture.

The hands-on day will provide a good base for those who wish to create individual designs and is the ideal stepping stone for further chair making potential.

The tutor

Mervyn Mewis studied habitat management and is involved in voluntary conservation work which has led to the availability of native broadleaf timber. He also has a keen interest in woodwork and the initial production of simple furniture.

He has a City and Guilds woodwork qualification and studied musical instrument creation at West Dean College. He runs MWM Music, which makes and plays traditional musical instruments made to modern designs from locally sourced timbers from conservation managed woodlands.

Mervyn also works full-time making all manner of timber objects; from green-oak gates to hurdy-gurdies and most things in-between. He runs Green Wood Works which is a dedicated place for people to come to experience and learn traditional skills in a relaxed and stunning setting.

Participant information

Please wear suitable warm clothing and footwear, including waterproofs. Everyone should bring a picture of your ideal or favourite chair if possible for discussion.


£75 per person to include tuition, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.



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