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Tuesday 26 June 2018

If You Go Down To The Woods: Green Woodworking Stool Making Course Gets Sussex Resident's Nod Of Approval

Sussex Resident Neil Turner took his son into the woods for the weekend to partake in a Green Woodworking Stool making course. 

Green woodworking is cheap, safe and immediate. It is from a recently felled tree that still has the moisture from the living plant in it. 

The wood is relatively soft and easy to work and does not produce dust while working. Green wood can be cleft easily, enabling rapid sizing. 

Using green wood negates the need to "season" the wood before working it. The worked pieces can then be dried very quickly and assembled when dry. 

Neil says: "I recently spent a weekend out in the woods near Laughton, East Sussex, with my fourteen year-old son on a Green Woodworking Stool making course, run by the very talented Danny Harling

"We arrived at 10am on Saturday and, following a quick introduction to the tools and methods and deciding on the style of stool we wanted to make, we were soon merrily splitting ash logs to make the stool legs from."

Danny and his assistant Ben were on hand whenever something needed explaining or a tool needed to be demonstrated. 

It wasn't long before the logs were tapered octagonal legs which were then put into the oil drum dryer for later.

Next it was on to picking out the wood for the stool base from a selection slabs of ash. 

Neil's son Will picked out a beautiful bit of elm and set about shaping it with spoke-shaves and scrapers.

Neil added: "As Saturday drew to a close we left looking forward to carrying on with our creations back in the beautiful woodland setting.

"Sunday morning was all about finishing the base and drilling the holes of the legs which needed to be carefully fitted and wedged into place. 

"Then the whole thing was cleaned up and oiled to produce a beautiful piece of furniture that each one of us will treasure along with the memories of the weekend. Food for the soul."

Neil was also impressed by the diversity of those who attend the courses:

"There were ten of us on the course with ages ranging from 12 to 60. 

"The atmosphere was one of happy creativity oiled with an endless supply of tea and coffee, provided by Pat, an ex-student who came along to help out."

Danny Harling runs courses every few week throughout the summer and the next chair making course starts on Monday 2nd July 2018. CLICK HERE for details.

by: Mike Cobley


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