chair making

An introduction to chair making: make a three legged stool

Saturday 5 December 2020



The course

Learn all the skills used in traditional chair making in an intensive one-day course.

Using locally sourced hardwood component parts each student assembles and completes their own three legged stool. While the jointwork is drying we then go on to explore how each of these parts were made, experiencing and learning all the skills necessary to turn green (unseasoned) timber into beautiful furniture.

A busy and rewarding day, no previous woodwork skills necessary – all timber, parts, tools use and guidance provided. Students need to be reasonably mobile and motivated to learn.

The tutor

With a background in woodwork, woodlands and music Mervyn is an independent demonstrator, maker and tutor covering over twenty years of research and study.

Woodland management provides the raw materials that traditional skills and techniques then convert into items of use.  In particular Mervyn creates chairs from historic designs and a small number of musical instruments.

He is very keen to involve others and help them to learn and appreciate the potential of native woodlands and the traditional methods which can be used to make aesthetic quality products for themselves.

Participant information

Please wear suitable warm, weather appropriate clothing and footwear. 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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