Creative Seating

There are a number of things which make the Creative Seating course unique. 

Run from my workshop on the beautiful South Hams coast path, the setting is at once relaxing and tranquil, yet with the facilities of a well equipped workshop right there.  My interest has never been in the "heritage" aspect of green woodworking. Whilst many of the methods I use are ancient and unchanged in essence since medieval times, I have no qualms about using power tools and machinery where they can speed things up, or improve quality.  What machines are incapable of, and what is at the heart of creative seating, is cleaving and shaving wood.  But the ability to make jigs and devices quickly, to machine wood accurately, and to cut wood efficiently greatly increases the scope for transforming peoples ideas into reality. 

 

The most recent course was no exception.  

Lauren came with no previous woodworking experience - see her chair at the end of this post!

Lauren came with no previous woodworking experience - see her chair at the end of this post!

Pete splitting a fantastically free-range piece of chestnut, which became the back rest for his wild chaise/ bench.

Pete splitting a fantastically free-range piece of chestnut, which became the back rest for his wild chaise/ bench.

Some serious cleaving.

Some serious cleaving.

This is day 1 - initial splitting and shaping of the legs.

This is day 1 - initial splitting and shaping of the legs.

One of the other advantages of not running form a woodland setting is we are not restricted to what is growing in that wood. I source timber from various local small woodland owners and estates. Available on this course to cleave were; chestnut, oak, ash, cherry, brown oak, walnut and hazel. Board material we had chestnut, ash, oak, wych elm, beech, sycamore, and small quantities of cherry and london plane. All sourced locally.

A stunning piece of brown oak - left over from a community project - turns out to be perfect for the back rest of Andy’s bench.

A stunning piece of brown oak - left over from a community project - turns out to be perfect for the back rest of Andy’s bench.

Lauren and Harry, dog, tea.

Lauren and Harry, dog, tea.

Steam bending Harry’s top rail.

Steam bending Harry’s top rail.

Once the components are roughly made, everybody gets a chance to show others their design, and get feedback. This is our first look at Harry’s design.

Once the components are roughly made, everybody gets a chance to show others their design, and get feedback. This is our first look at Harry’s design.

Alistair having a chuckle after putting his back panel together.

Alistair having a chuckle after putting his back panel together.

Harry’s amazing near-complete finished love seat? Cage? Though it reminds me a little of the Orkney chair, I’ve never seen anything like this!

Harry’s amazing near-complete finished love seat? Cage? Though it reminds me a little of the Orkney chair, I’ve never seen anything like this!

Pete bravely testing his wild creation for stability.

Pete bravely testing his wild creation for stability.

Gareth’s stunning ash arm chair with olive ash seat and back. The arms are particularly pleasing on this piece, but the whole thing is so beautifully proportioned, and “right”.

Gareth’s stunning ash arm chair with olive ash seat and back. The arms are particularly pleasing on this piece, but the whole thing is so beautifully proportioned, and “right”.

Richard enjoying a well-earned 5 minute nap on his sweet chestnut slab backed bench. This is a prototype for future benches at Rame Head woods.

Richard enjoying a well-earned 5 minute nap on his sweet chestnut slab backed bench. This is a prototype for future benches at Rame Head woods.

Pete’s bench, cleaned up and oiled, and in it’s new home. Beautifully windswept and wild.

Pete’s bench, cleaned up and oiled, and in it’s new home. Beautifully windswept and wild.

Lauren’s finished chair. An incredible achievement for a first ever go at woodwork!

Lauren’s finished chair. An incredible achievement for a first ever go at woodwork!

Dates for next year’s course are on the website here. Book early to avoid disappointment.

https://www.peterlanyonfurniture.co.uk/courses-1/creative-seating-1 

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