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Make your own chair with Peter Lanyon

Make your own chair with Peter Lanyon

Upcoming dates: 11 September 2017 – 17 September 2017

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

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.

Aprender a fazer uma cadeira
Aprender a fazer uma cadeira

"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.

 Total in private house: 1490 €
 Total in a twin room (private house): 990 €
 Total in shared accommodation in our residencies: 780 €
* If you bring companions, there is an additional cost of 380€ per adult and 250€ per child (only for accommodation and welcome dinner)

As well as the course, the following are included in the program:

ARTIST WEEK includes 25 hours of instructions and guided work. You will also have free access to the studios to keep working if you so desire. Portuguese and English are spoken on the course.

The price of ARTIST WEEK includes 6 nights of accommodation in Cerdeira with breakfast, 5 buffet lunches and a daily snack with fruit, coffee and tea. The welcome dinner and the dinner in Coimbra, as well as the Fado concert, are also included.

As well as the course, the following are included in the program:

– A guided walk in the hills to the neighbouring village of Candal. This was the path that the village children would once have taken to school. In Candal, next to a small pool, we will cool down and try a few regional delicacies as part of our picnic.

– A study visit to the historical part of Coimbra, rich in architectural and cultural sights, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2013. We will walk through the narrow streets from the University to the lower part of the city, sit on the terrace of the historic Cafe Santa Crux, enjoy coffee and watch the world go by. We will visit the Machado and Castro museums, and then enjoy a delicious dinner in one of the city's historical taverns. At the end of the day we will attend a Fado concert. Fado was also classfied as Intangible World Heritage in 2011. Hearing Fado is a great way of finding out more about Portugal.

The groups are always small!

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.