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Green woodworking - Make a Chair

Mentored by Forest Garden Shovelstrode Shovelstrode
Location address: Ashurstwood, RH19 3PH
Chosen age group:

For ages: 18+ years

Available tickets:
Standard £495
Next date: None - message Mentor to express interest


This course is aimed at the intermediate green woodworker, or for people who have already attended one of my stool making courses. You will gain a greater knowledge about trees and which materials are best to use for different applications. You will hone your green woodworking and carpentry skills and master new techniques and processes including steam bending. The course runs for 5 ½ days and is a relaxing and rewarding experience resulting in your very own beautiful chair which is designed to last more than 100 years. You will also gain the knowledge and confidence to then design and make your own green wood furniture.

Forest Garden Shovelstrode Shovelstrode
I originally learned green woodworking whilst being filmed for the BBC series ‘Mastercrafts’ in 2009. I spent six wonderful weeks deep in a Dorset woodland being taught by a master craftsman which became a life changing event as I had been completely seduced by the idea of living in a cabin in the woods, and growing or making everything I needed. The seed had been planted for Forest Garden Shovelstrode and my new found skills were invaluable in our initial building stages. I have been teaching green woodworking at Forest Garden Shovelstrode for 10 years. I’ve taught many people with different abilities who have all proudly made a beautiful green wood chair. Becoming a green woodworker has been invaluable in managing our own woodland, and for my other role as 'Maintenance Man’ for Forest Garden Shovelstrode! When time permits I also enjoy making furniture and other products which we sell in our Forest Garden shop and at local markets. I teach small groups of up to only 5 people in order to give the individual attention required.

Learning aims

Understanding unique properties of green wood and its value in furniture and construction design

Strengths to develop

Green woodworking is a physical activity. You may notice some increased muscle strength in your upper body . It's like a gentle workout. Your dexterity will naturally improve whilst you are learning traditional woodworking techniques

What's provided






Basic DBS

Risk Assessment

Public Liability Insurance

First Aid Kit

Please note

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we'll be

Forest Garden Shovelstrode, Shovelstrode Lane, Ashurstwood, Sussex, RH19 3PH

Pricing information

Ticket: Standard £495

Pricing information


My experience is an educational activity and the 14-day cooling-off period under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 therefore applies. After the 14 day period my standard policy will apply.

No refunds are given except in the case of a cancellation by the Mentor.

If, in the unfortunate instance you are unable make the date booked, you will be offered an alternative date to attend the course.


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