Green Wood Working Courses.
I've been running courses for over ten years and I am now working primarily with the Cart Shed offering free courses.
The Cart Shed is a charity based in North Herefordshire that offers opportunities to learn woodland craft skills and improve well-being; to find friendships, a sense of belonging and a place of calm, in a supportive, caring environment.
I run occasional small courses and one to one sessions from my workshop in Leintwardine.
To book courses with me please email:
You might also want to look at Paul Hayden's website. He teaches chairmaiking at Westonbirt Arboretum. I worked with Paul for ten years and still sometimes teach on these courses, see details below or visit.
Matt Cremona making a Windsor chair from fresh logs
Making a Windsor Chair Leg on a Pole Lathe - Paul Hayden - Greenwood Courses
Westonbirt Arboretum Chair Making Course Time Lapse - Paul Hayden - Greenwood Courses
Steam Bending a Windsor Chair Bow - Paul Hayden - Greenwood Courses
This six day course allows participants to learn all the skills required to make a graceful and strong windsor chair using hand tools and green woodworking techniques.
The chairs we make revive some of the oldest traditions of English Chair making, often called chair bodging.'Green' unseasoned wood from a local coppiced woodland is cleft from the log and turned on a wooden pole lathe to make legs and other spindles.
After turning the wood is carefully seasoned in a simple kiln fired with offcuts and shavings before being used to create a chair.Hoops, Bows and Combs are also cleft from the log, planed flat and steam bent into shape.
A deep saddle is carved into the seat of each chair using an Adze and Travisher before the mortices are drilled and the tenons turned down to exactly the right size to make a tough and elegant chair that will last for generations.
Now booking for 2019
(bursay/discounts may be available)