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ash chair making course *

We have made some changes to our Course Program – please see our Course Update page for more information.

date:24-28 Sept 2022
overview:Make a chair from a tree!
Use green woodwork techniques of cleaving; axing; shaving; steam bending and pole lathe turning to make a comb-back, ash side-chair* with a solid seat – all starting with a freshly-felled log.
Hollow a solid seat and use tenon and mortice joints to make a strong, long-lasting chair.
*(with no arms or under carriage!)
what is green wood?Green Wood is freshly felled, still sappy wood. To work it requires a set of simple techniques based on an understanding of how wood reacts – both to the tools, and to the dry and shrinking process. Because it is green, the wood is soft and easy to work with hand tools, and because of this, green woodwork creates little waste, and can utilise small trees and logs. It is therefore green in all senses of the word – especially as at Bore Place the trees are felled as part of ongoing woodland restoration and sustainable management. Our courses and volunteer days are about learning woodcraft and helping with the conservation of Bore Place.
start time:day 1: 9.30am tea/introductions for 10am start
days 2, 3, 4 and 5: 10am start
lunch:approx 1pm – 2pm
please bring a packed lunch. Hot drinks will be provided.
finish time:approx 4.30pm each day
cost:£450 per person
tutor:John Waller
cancellations:we will provide a full refund if you cancel your place more than 14 days in advance of the course start date. Please note that we will be unable to refund your course fee or transfer you to another course if you cancel your place less than 14 days before the start of the course.
what to wear:Wear sturdy shoes or boots at all times. Please also wear warm, comfortable clothes that are suitable for the current weather conditions. You will be outside for much of the course
course size:maximum of 4 participants
what to bring:all tools and materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring along any interesting tools!
how to book: Booking Form
location: Courses and volunteer days are held at Bore Place, between Edenbridge and Sevenoaks, Kent. Bore Place is an environmental and educational charity on a 500 acre organic dairy farm, set in beautiful low weald countryside. Converted farm buildings and a Jacobean Manor House offer accommodation if required, with walks and local pubs to enjoy when you’re not wooding! Directions will be sent to you once you’ve booked on a course and can also be accessed from the Workshop Directions Page.
accommodation:Depending on availability, there are cottages to rent on site for £150 per night (minimum of 2 nights). Camping opportunities are limited; we have a hot shower and toilets, but no cooking facilities. It is essential that you contact Bore Place in advance to book either camping, or bed and breakfast. Please call 01732 463255 or email bookings@boreplace.org.
There are also two beautiful yurts and two cosy shepherds huts on site - see Free Range Glamping for more information.

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