stool making – 1 day

Please do contact us if you have any questions about the course. We have made some changes to our Course Program – please see our Course Update page for more information.

date:3 Jun 2023
overview:make a stool in a day and learn the basics of green wood construction. Prepared components will need finishing, then use tenon and mortice joints to make a stool with a solid wood seat.
start time:9.30am tea/ introductions for 10am start
lunch:approx 1pm – 2pm
please bring a packed lunch. Hot drinks will be provided.
finish time:approx 4.30pm
cost:£130pp
tutor:Steve De St Croix
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 may be outside for some 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 £175 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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John Waller, Underwoodsman
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 3 reviews
 by Anna

I enjoyed the course very much. Steve was an excellent observant teacher who kept us all on our toes to work through the processes and come away with a stool we were pleased with. There was a lot to get through in a day for people unfamiliar with the tools, so it’s probably more realistic to add half an hour to the course length, but we all managed it with Steve’s help. Thank you also for the excellent tools which were a pleasure to use.’

Thank you. I am sure I’ll be back for another course.

Thank you so much for your comments - it's useful to know that you felt the course could be made a little longer.

 by Tim Johnston
Great day in lovely surroundings

Great day in lovely surroundings with good company. Thanks Steve for a brilliant day making three legged stools with the opportunity to learn some traditional techniques working with greenwood, I’m really pleased with the stool I made.

 by Sara Samuel
I am so pleased with my stool!

I took part in the stool making course yesterday. I came home with the most beautiful stool. I enjoyed the course very much, all the process, learning to use different tools was an eye opening experience and the professional guidance and help of Steve made it an exceptional and memorable day. I am so pleased with my stool and it looks great. I hope to come back and make another one if there will be more courses. Thank you Steve for a great day yesterday.