Make a traditional woven sea grass stool

Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 February 2017


The course

Starting with a log section of a tree and some component parts, craft for yourself the necessary woodwork while learning historic methods of chair making. Using drawknife and drawhorse each student will create their own set of legs and joint these to form the solid wood frame on which to weave the sea grass seating.

Day one will see all the parts completed and a coat of finish applied, day two will mark out and joint the frame ready for the process of weaving. The rest of the day will be used to complete the simple but rewarding technique of chair seating.

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.


£80 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.