Sussex chair course

Wednesday 24 - Sunday 28 June 2020


The course

Spend a week making a traditional post and rung chair. Get to grips with cleaving, shaving, steam bending and setting, then the lay-out and jointwork of the necessary parts. This course is the ideal follow-on from any of the shorter similar courses in the programme, but although that will be helpful, it is not essential.

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, weather appropriate clothing and footwear.


£450 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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