Bentwood Chair-making 2 Day Workshop | 13th & 14th September 2019 | 10am – 4pm


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Bentwood Chair-making 2 Day Workshop | 13th & 14th September 2019 | 10am – 4pm


Working alongside a small group, our tutor will demonstrate how to hand-craft hazel, bending and cutting it to form a stunning garden seat. The course includes a homemade two course lunch each day. Scroll down for full details.


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Bentwood Chair-making Workshop | Friday 13th & Saturday 14th September 2019  10am – 4pm

One of our most popular workshops we host here at Hanwell Wine Estate, our exceptionally talented tutor will guide you through step by step to make your own beautiful bentwood chair in this two-day workshop. Introducing you to the tools and techniques required for this traditional woodcraft, you will work alongside a small group while your tutor demonstrates how to hand-craft hazel, bend and cut it to form a stunning garden seat.

All materials will be provided and the workshop includes a two-course homemade lunch served with local wine. At the end of the two days you will have created your own bentwood chair to take home with you. Alternatively, we can arrange to deliver your chair locally if transport is a problem.

For more inspiring images and our past workshops check out our Facebook page. and blog.

Outline of the two-day workshop

Day 1

10am           –  Welcome and summary of the two days ahead. Introduction to tools and tool safety. Select coppiced hazel to construct chair. Demonstration of bending coppiced hazel rods.

Midday       – Break for two-course home-made lunch with glass of local wine.

1pm             – Begin creating arms and back of chair.

2.30pm       – Break for tea and cake.

3pm             – Continue with chair arms and back.

4pm             – End for the day.

Day 2

10am           – Review of previous day’s progress. Overview of the day’s objectives. Continue working on the chair back.

Midday       – Break for two-course home-made lunch with glass of local wine.

1pm             – Add chair legs.

2.30pm       – Break for tea and cake.

3pm             – Cut and fix all coppiced hazel rods.

3.45pm       – Time to relax in your new chair before heading home.

4pm             – End for the day.


Your tutor, Martin Rollins is an expert in teaching bush craft skills.

He was formerly Head of Outdoor Education for Lincolnshire’s Teaching and Learning Centres. He now owns and manages his own outdoor-focused business.


This workshop is a relaxing opportunity to get away from it all and do something different in the beautiful country side.

“Making something like this, something simple yet challenging, practical yet pleasing, feels good for the soul”



To ensure the quality of your personal experience, the group size will be limited to 6  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, or 01949 81393.

For frequently asked questions about our workshops visit our FAQ page – click here

Giving as a gift?

When you order request a gift voucher in the notes and we’ll send you by email a home-print gift voucher describing the workshop. Gift vouchers are fully flexible and if your recipient isn’t available on that date or doesn’t want to do this workshop, we will happily move them to another date or different workshop (of equivalent/lower price).

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