An introduction to traditional green (unseasoned) wood working with experienced tutor, maker and woodsman Mervyn Mewis (Green Wood Works). In this course you’ll make a three legged stool with constant supervision and continuous demonstration. Because time is limited you’ll be using pre-prepared component parts to build your stool, before then learning and trying the processes involved in creating those parts.
“Mervyn’s skills, passion and enthusiasm can’t be faulted – I think there is an increasing demand for green woodworking courses – people really enjoy it!” Adam Curtis, Royal Park (Richmond)
The course begins with an illustrated talk on the Friday evening, covering woodland management, timber selection and use, and where, when and how to then turn this into beautiful, long-lasting works for the home. There will be time for questions and discussion – something which Mervyn actively encourages at all times during the course.
On day one (Saturday) each student will concentrate on their own work to create a three legged stool with constant supervision and continuous demonstration of the tasks, the logical progression of steps and how to avoid unwanted woodwork situations. This covers all of the processes in traditional chair making in a compact and easy to understand practical format.
On day two (Sunday) as the stools are completed, students will then have time to explore how the component parts were made, experiencing for themselves every creative step of the process – from log to seat. This will introduce cleaving logs with axe, mallet and wedges, the safe and efficient use of draw knife and draw horse, the pole lathe, and the bit and brace. There will be plenty of time to learn, both by demonstration and by hands-on activity.
On completion of the course each student will take home a beautiful three legged stool, and the know-how and experience to create further works on their own. This is also a very good and comprehensive course for anyone who would like to attend further and more complex traditional woodworking at Halsway.
Who’s it For?
No previous woodwork experience needed, this course is designed for anyone with an interest in trees, woodlands, design or making furniture for themselves. A reasonable level of fitness and hand-eye coordination is an advantage.
The course uses easy-to-master hand tools, simple techniques learnt readily and easily, and all students finish with a completed project to take away, as well as the knowledge to create more should they wish.
Materials and tools are provided; if the group exceed 6 a second tutor will be added to the team to support your learning. Please wear sensible working clothes and sturdy footwear.
Mervyn’s profession and passion is in local woodlands, conservation, and in utilising the timber from these as the basis of his work, whether making or teaching.
He runs short courses in traditional green wood working at his dedicated barn at the Green Wood Works, Surrey; at Weald and Downland Living Museum, Sussex (six years), and Hyde Park Educational Centre in London.
Mervyn has a particular love for the landscape of Exmoor and its incredible tracts of woodland, so is delighted to be coming to Halsway to share his knowledge.