7 & 9 day Chair Making Courses
at Clissett Wood

including Garden and Sculptural Seating

Tuition starts with an introduction to green woodwork and then covers all aspects of chair making in some depth, including the design, construction and finishing of Windsor and Welsh Stick chairs as well as Clissett-style chairs.

The designing and making of sculptural furniture, including garden seating, is covered while more experienced makers have the chance to design and develop their own project.

The course allows time for skills to develop, designs to evolve and, on the 9-day course, more complex projects to be tackled. An afternoon off for sightseeing or 'play' in the workshop is timetabled midway through the course.

The 9-day course is preceded by a weekend of gentle volunteer woodland management in Childer Wood - enthusiasm only needed.

There is a materials charge for seating of £10 - £60

9-day chairmaking workshop
June 2013

the back-up for the July 2013 course!
From l to r:
Matt (workshop assistant), Gudrun (tutor), Ro (kitchen), Pete and Tamsin (volunteer assistants), Hamish (kitchen).

Assembly on a 9 day course


End of course and the chairs all assembled

June 2014 nine-day Chair Making Workshop

Four great chairs, each one different,
from the July 2014 nine-day Chair Making Workshop

For examples of chair styles and terms used <<click here>>

For pictures of steam bending <<click here>>

For examples of seating styles and materials <<click here>>

to contact Gudrun:

by email:
by phone or fax: 01531 640 125
or by post: Gudrun Leitz, Hill Farm, Stanley Hill, Bosbury, LEDBURY, Herefordshire, HR8 1HE