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Stool Making Weekend

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From tree to stool in a weekend

Rushmere Farm's green wood stool making course teaches you the basics of working with green wood.

On Saturday you will be shown through the woodlands of the farm and told about the past, present and future of the land and wildlife that surrounds you. You'll have the opportunity to discuss the properties and potential of different wood types, and to choose your wood from trees felled for you.

Returning to the workshop you will be taught about the art of working with green wood, and given guidance as you split from the log and shape the components of your stool.

A hearty lunch will keep you going through the day, and in the evening we'll take you to the village pub for dinner before an evening around the bonfire (weather permitting). In the morning you will get going with the joinery and finishing touches to the woodwork. Refuel, a hands on lesson in seat weaving using natural hemp, and we're done.

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Please be aware that accommodation is not included in the course price - don’t forget to add on accommodation if you would like to stay at the farm.  Yurts, a shepherd’s hut or camping are all available.
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​We would recommend staying for the nights surrounding your course as it can be tiring work, and you will enjoy relaxing into farm/woodland life, with the opportunity for an extra organic (in-conversion) farm tour. 

Suitable for a range of experience levels, from complete beginners to those with previous woodworking experience.  However, please be aware that a degree of fitness/strength is required as there are quite physical elements to the course.  Do get in touch if you are unsure!

"One of the best weekends I've had in a long time. With George's excellent tuition and infinite patience, my two friends and I managed each to turn a freshly felled piece of tree trunk into a fabulous stool. Two days later and I'm still looking at my stool with a huge amount of pride. I love the fact that ancient methods were used in making the stool, no drills, glue, or power tools! George (and his family) are huge fun to be with, there was a lot of laughter all weekend! The accommodation in a yurt was just perfect and George's home cooked food delicious. I highly recommend this course.....in fact I can't stop talking about it!" Suzie Knight

"This weekend course on stool-making is an amazing and unique experience. Beginning with some background on the woodland from which the Ash Tree we used had been felled, George skilfully and patiently accompanied us through the process of stool-making from start to finish. He served us wholesome meals to boost our energy and other family members contributed food, drink and vast encouragement! I cannot think of a more enjoyable or rewarding way to spend a weekend. It is a brilliant way to de-stress and being in the woods was like stepping out of time. I cannot recommend this course highly enough." Debbie Waldron


All tools and materials are included. The course runs from 10am until 4pm each day, you can come and go, or stay in one of yurts in the woods, or a bell tent in the fields. Lunch is prepared and we eat at the pub or around the fire for dinner. We cook with seasonal food. Please advise us of any dietary requirements.

From tree to stool in a weekend

Rushmere Farm's green wood stool making course teaches you the basics of working with green wood.

On Saturday you will be shown through the woodlands of the farm and told about the past, present and future of the land and wildlife that surrounds you. You'll have the opportunity to discuss the properties and potential of different wood types, and to choose your wood from trees felled for you.

Returning to the workshop you will be taught about the art of working with green wood, and given guidance as you split from the log and shape the components of your stool.

A hearty lunch will keep you going through the day, and in the evening we'll take you to the village pub for dinner before an evening around the bonfire (weather permitting). In the morning you will get going with the joinery and finishing touches to the woodwork. Refuel, a hands on lesson in seat weaving using natural hemp, and we're done.

*******
Please be aware that accommodation is not included in the course price - don’t forget to add on accommodation if you would like to stay at the farm.  Yurts, a shepherd’s hut or camping are all available.
*******


​We would recommend staying for the nights surrounding your course as it can be tiring work, and you will enjoy relaxing into farm/woodland life, with the opportunity for an extra organic (in-conversion) farm tour. 

Suitable for a range of experience levels, from complete beginners to those with previous woodworking experience.  However, please be aware that a degree of fitness/strength is required as there are quite physical elements to the course.  Do get in touch if you are unsure!

"One of the best weekends I've had in a long time. With George's excellent tuition and infinite patience, my two friends and I managed each to turn a freshly felled piece of tree trunk into a fabulous stool. Two days later and I'm still looking at my stool with a huge amount of pride. I love the fact that ancient methods were used in making the stool, no drills, glue, or power tools! George (and his family) are huge fun to be with, there was a lot of laughter all weekend! The accommodation in a yurt was just perfect and George's home cooked food delicious. I highly recommend this course.....in fact I can't stop talking about it!" Suzie Knight

"This weekend course on stool-making is an amazing and unique experience. Beginning with some background on the woodland from which the Ash Tree we used had been felled, George skilfully and patiently accompanied us through the process of stool-making from start to finish. He served us wholesome meals to boost our energy and other family members contributed food, drink and vast encouragement! I cannot think of a more enjoyable or rewarding way to spend a weekend. It is a brilliant way to de-stress and being in the woods was like stepping out of time. I cannot recommend this course highly enough." Debbie Waldron


All tools and materials are included. The course runs from 10am until 4pm each day, you can come and go, or stay in one of yurts in the woods, or a bell tent in the fields. Lunch is prepared and we eat at the pub or around the fire for dinner. We cook with seasonal food. Please advise us of any dietary requirements.