Bentwood Chair Making Workshop

A Fantastic Introduction to Rustic Woodcraft

Make something you will enjoy for years to come!

The Bentwood Chair Making Workshop is one of our most popular here at Rural Antics in Nottinghamshire – and for good reason!

Over two sociable days, your expert tutor, John Hollins will introduce you to the tools & techniques required for this traditional, beautiful woodcraft.

In a small group, you will learn how to hand-craft hazel, bending and cutting it to form a stunning garden seat – your very own Bentwood Chair!

All the materials are provided and the workshop includes a 2 course homemade lunch each day, served with local wine.

“We spent a great weekend… on the Bentwood Chair Making course…I discovered muscles I had long forgotten, but the satisfaction of taking home a beautiful chair – which everyone who has seen has admired – outweighed the pain!” – Susan Malleson

Upcoming  Dates : |

27th & 28th October – SOLD OUT

2nd & 3rd February 2019 – SOLD OUT

16th & 17th March 2019 – SPACES

Outline of the Bentwood Chair Making workshop

Day 1

10am | Welcome; introduction to tools & safety; selection of coppiced hazel for your chair; demonstration of bending coppiced hazel rods.

12pm | Two-course home-made lunch with glass of local wine.

1pm | Begin creating arms and back of chair.

2.30pm | Tea and cake.

3pm | Continue with chair arms and back.

4pm | Finish for the day.

Day 2

10am | Review of progress; continue working on the chair back.

12pm | Two-course home-made lunch with glass of local wine.

1pm | Add chair legs.

2.30pm | Tea and cake.

3pm | Cut and fix all coppiced hazel rods.

3.45pm | Relax in your new chair before heading home.

4pm | Home time!

Based in his Nottinghamshire workshop, John has been making bespoke rustic furniture for homes and gardens for over 18 years.

Using traditional greenwood methods and tools, he works with locally sourced native British broadleaf timber such as oak, ash, sweet chestnut, willow and hazel. All the willow and hazel is coppiced from two small woodlands managed by John who, as well as running workshops and woodcraft courses, runs many local community projects.

To ensure the quality of your personal experience, the group size will be limited to 5  people.  If you need somewhere to stay whilst you attend the workshop, please click here for details of nearby overnight accommodation and suggestions of places to eat. For more information about this event or other Rural Antics workshops, contact Hanwell Wine Estate,  events@ruralantics.co.uk or 01949 81393. For frequently asked questions about our workshops visit our FAQ page – click here

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