Make your own Greenwood Rung and Post Footstool



The course will last for two Saturdays, separated by two weeks to allow components made on the first day to dry adequately and will run for 6-8 hours each day. You can choose to make a stool on your own or with a partner.

We will use traditional hand tools and locally sourced raw materials. Come and be inspired by what's possible using locally sourced green wood.

Day 1

  • Splitting out blanks from an ash log with a froe
  • Using an axe and drawknife to produce legs, rungs and seat rails
  • Stripping bark off elm suckers to provide seating material

Day 2

  • Producing round tenons on rungs at seat rails and boring round mortices
  • Assembling and levelling the stool frame
  • Seating frame in woven elm bark

This course will be run by members of the National Trust's Wimpole Greenwood Craft Group

Dates: Saturdays 26th May and 9th June 2018

Timing: 9.30-4.00

Venue: Orchard Barn

Early Bird Course Fee per person: 170 (bring a helper or spare pair of hands to hold things if you'd like - no extra charge)

Materials: 15 per stool

Places available: 4 (plus helpers)

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  greenwood post and run footstool with elm bark seating

elm seat