Make a woven top stool

Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 Ocotber 2019



The course

Learn all the skills required to assemble a stool frame from locally sourced and prepared hardwood components. Once assembled we will explore and experience how these were made, and replicate all the necessary procedures. Day two will undertake the weaving and completing of this traditional piece of furniture. Physical strength is not a pre-requisite, good hand-eye coordination, dexterity and the ability to stand during the course will help. All the procedures are readily achievable, while help and encouragement are given, a certain amount of industriousness is necessary.

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. 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

All materials and tools will be provided.

Please wear sensible warm clothing and sturdy footwear.

Fee and refreshments

£150 per person, to include tuition, use of tools, materials, teas and coffees.  Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any dietary requirements. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.