Make a post and rung chair

Monday 6 - Friday 10 March 2017


The course

Using fresh locally sourced hardwood and combining it with some component parts, learn all the processes necessary to make and take home your very own side chair.
Day one will introduce historic designs and choices, why these chairs have evolved and how we will make them. Starting with a log section each student will make their own set of parts.

Day two will see all the component parts completed and a coat of finish applied.

Day three will be dedicated to setting out and jointing the chairs ready to start assembling.

Day four will be for finishing the assembly process and applying a final coat of finish.

Day five will be spent weaving the sea grass seating. This wonderful natural product demands attention to detail to get everything looking its best.

This course is suitable for total novices wishing to learn and those with some experience looking to perfect their craft, all of the processes are simple and readily learned.

The tutors

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. Mervyn works full-time making all manner of timber objects; from green-oak gates to hurdy-gurdies and most things in-between.

He is currently working towards a Masters in Environmental Management and aims to heighten awareness and potential of native woodlands and the traditional methods which can be used to make aesthetic quality products.

Participant information

Places are limited to 6 participants.

Please wear sensible warm clothing and sturdy footwear.


£265 per person, to include tuition, materials, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.