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Windsor Chair Making Course

Create your very own Windsor chair in the beautiful surroundings of Westonbirt Arboretum

In groups of up to ten, you’ll learn to select timber, to cleave it from the log, to shape it with side axes and with draw knives on a shaving horse and to turn it on a pole lathe. You’ll also try your hand at steam bending, using a variety of hand tools to carve a seat and to frame a well proportioned and strong Windsor chair.

Tutor Paul Hayden has been making chairs since 1989. His six day Chair Making Courses are held in Westonbirt Woodworks, surrounded by the picturesque landscape of the national arboretum. Pole lathes and benches are set up to create a traditional chairmaker's workshop where Paul and his team teach more than 100 people each year to turn freshly felled ash logs into chairs that will last for generations.

The course strikes a balance between teaching the intricate and skilled of use of sharp hand tools and a pole lathe to make a  Windsor Chair and offering participants a holiday in one of the loveliest woods in England. The kettle is always on and visitors are welcome (especially those who bring cake).

Find out more and how to book

Event details

When is the event?

Monday 3 September 2018 (more dates available)

What time is it on?

9am - 5pm

How much?

425 includes all equipment, a simple lunch and refreshments

Where to meet?

Westonbirt Woodworks

What to wear?

The cost of the course includes all equipment, and clothing and footwear suitable for outdoors in recommended

Do I need to book?

To book please contact Paul Hayden

T: +44 (0)1373 836051

Dogs Allowed:

No apart from assistance dogs

Event dates

Monday 3 September 2018
Tuesday 4 September 2018
Wednesday 5 September 2018
Thursday 6 September 2018
Friday 7 September 2018
Saturday 8 September 2018
Monday 10 September 2018
Tuesday 11 September 2018
Wednesday 12 September 2018
Thursday 13 September 2018
Friday 14 September 2018
Saturday 15 September 2018
Monday 1 October 2018
Tuesday 2 October 2018
Wednesday 3 October 2018
Thursday 4 October 2018
Friday 5 October 2018
Saturday 6 October 2018
Monday 8 October 2018
Tuesday 9 October 2018
Wednesday 10 October 2018
Thursday 11 October 2018
Friday 12 October 2018
Saturday 13 October 2018


OS Grid ref: ST851898
Postcode: GL8 8QS

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