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Introduction to Green Woodworking

Monday 21 Sep 12pm — Friday 25 Sep 4pm, 2020

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

Course Enquiry

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Full board per person (tuition, activities, all meals & accommodation)*:

  • £400 single ensuite room
  • £370 sharing an ensuite room
  • £370 single non-ensuite room
  • £335 sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, all meals):

  • £ 260

Non Resident (tuition, activities, all meals except breakfast):

  • £245

Join Mervyn Mewis to learn the art of traditional post and rung chair construction. Using hardwood components and parts made during the course each student will assemble and complete a traditional post and rung chair to take home.

This is an ideal way to experience the woodwork and seating methods which can be used for all manner of this style of chair. You will get to grips with cleaving, shaving, steam bending and setting, and then the lay-out and jointwork of the necessary parts.

The course includes the materials, use of tools and materials required to make a traditional post and rung chair to take home, as well as the knowledge and confidence to make further items.

Who’s it For?

For everyone – novices through to those with some woodworking experience. There will be a degree of challenge to offer any interested woodworker. You’ll be working in a workshop environment with tools so come prepared for an environment that will be noisy and messy at times, and where manual dexterity is an advantage.

The Programme

We arrive at 12noon for lunch at 1pm. This first day is going to be a challenging and exciting one in which you’ll work through the afternoon and potentially into the early evening to get the two back legs made, steamed, bent, and set. Mervyn will provide ample instruction and help as you need it.

After this point we focus on constructing the chair and seating. It is an intensive course but students can work at their own pace, so there will be some opportunity to enjoy the Manor and grounds. There may be some early evening session work. By Thursday evening the seating should be completed.

On Friday we will look at applying finishes, leveling the chairs and trimming. Finishing around afternoon tea time on Friday with a review and opportunity for everyone to relax after a busy week with their work.

The Tutor

Mervyn Mewis is a green-woodworker whose interest in woodlands, trees and timber has developed into a passion for ‘all things greenwood’. From initial City and Guilds in carpentry and joinery to Post Graduate studies at Birkbeck University in Countrysdie Management, he’s developed specialisms including chair making and musical instrument making. He is committed to keeping alive the tradition of working with green unseasoned wood and runs Surrey Hills Green Wood Works which is dedicated to promoting this historic craft.

“Starting with a freshly cut log and turning it into functional every day objects, using basic hand tools and your own effort is an extremely satisfying and rewarding process both for the mind and the body.“