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Make your own chair with Peter Lanyon

Make your own chair with Peter Lanyon

Green wood working is one of the oldest woodworking techniques and recently rediscovered due to its very special character. If it’s on one hand a way to work with and in nature, on the other hand it opens a wide range of possibilities in terms of contemporary design.

Green wood is fresh and soft wood, somehow easy to work but it requires a solid knowledge to use the natural drying and shrinking process in favour of our work.

Make your own chair

Upcoming dates: 11 September 2017 – 17 September 2017
Timing: 10:00 -13h ; 15:00 - 18.30
Price: 390 € The basic materials for the course are also included. However, if you already have your preferred products or brands, feel free to bring them with you.
Aimed at: for beginners with or without experience | 4 – 6 pessoas
Instructor: Peter Lanyon


  • Basic green woodworking techniques
  • Learn to make your own shaving horse
  • Learn how to accurately drill holes for jointing these irregular components
  • Learn to make a free-form chair of your own design


It doesn’t need many tools, essentially it is HANDMADE and allows us to do our own masterpiece, a unique piece of furniture that carries our feelings, our history and our new skills.

Take home your completed and unique chair!

Learn to make a free-form chair of your own design. We will use fresh-cut wood cut from the surrounding forest to form the seat, legs and back for a creative and unique chair.

In 6 days you will learn all the basic green woodworking techniques, including splitting wood by hand, shaving it to a fine finish, and jointing it. You will also learn to make your own shaving horse, a knowledge that allows you to continue to practice your art when you get home.

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"Free-form" refers to a style of green woodwork which uses non -straight pieces of wood. You will learn how to accurately drill holes for jointing these irregular components. This is a course for people wanting to make something totally unique and personal, which will inevitably express something of their own personality.

Peter Lanyon presents himself as a furniture designer maker, a green wood tutor and community project co-ordinator.

Many many years of wood working experience, based on apprenticeship and a large academic career in furniture design and technology, an enormous number of public works and exhibitions all over the UK, combined with a great pleasure to share his knowledge makes this ARTIST WEEK so unique.


  • If you decide to stay in one of our houses you will enjoy a 10% discount.
  • Group meals can also be ordered.

Accommodation not included, book now
Peter Lanyon

Peter Lanyon


His work brings together the skills, tools and technology of the fine furniture maker, and fuses this with ancient ‘bodging’ traditions of working unseasoned timber, where nothing is straight, or predictable. He likes to combine green (unseasoned) wood with modern materials and furniture techniques to bring something fresh and new to the world of bespoke furniture.

He works mainly with locally coppiced wood and fallen trees. His philosophy is one of minimum intervention - imposing as little as possible on the materials, leaving the gentle curves as nature intended.

Luckily one of his passions is teaching!