Make a woven top stool

Make a Woven Top Stool

The Course

Using prepared component parts each student will use prepared components to assemble and complete a traditional sea grass woven–top stool to take home at the end of the course.

Once assembled we will explore how the component parts were made, and why the woodwork has been planned in this way. Students can then go on to make other pieces in this style in the future.

The two–day cost covers all the prepared parts, the use of all tools and other materials needed to make a four-legged stool.  Students will also gain the knowledge and confidence to make further items. This is an ideal way to experience the woodwork and seating methods, which can be used for all manner of post and rung style chairs.

The Tutor

Mervyn Mewis has a background in woodwork, woodlands and music. He is an independent demonstrator, maker and tutor with 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 used to make aesthetic quality products for themselves.

Participant Information

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear, including waterproof clothing.

Fee & Refreshments

£200 per person, to include tuition, tools, teas and coffees. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any dietary requirements. You can either bring your own packed lunch or the café will be open for lunch.

Book course


Sat–Sun 18–19 May 2024






Working with Wood