Make a Windsor Chair with the somerset bodgers.

With expert guidance from our experienced tutors, you can learn and improve your traditional woodworking skills and techniques on this course.

  • Booking essential

On this six day course you will make either a comb back or bow back Windsor chair in ash. Starting with locally grown ash logs . These are split axed and shaved using a draw knife into cylinders to be then turned into chair parts on the pole lathe. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are spent turning all the legs, stretchers and back sticks. These are then kiln dried in our kiln ready for assembly. Thursday is spent fashioning a hardwood seat using adzes, travishers and other exotic hand tools. Friday the seat is drilled and the legs and lower parts go in. In the meantime, you will have steam bent a comb or bow. Saturday sees the upper parts put together and you go home with a fully functioning Windsor chair.


Event ticket prices
  • All £385.00

The basics

Booking details
16+ only sorry
Meeting point
Head to the welcome building at Home Farm visitor centre to sign in.
What to bring and wear
Please dress for the weather - the workshop will take place undercover but outside. Please wear sturdy footwear and clothes you don't mind getting a bit messy.
Home Farm visitor centre is fully accessible.

Upcoming events

Head Gardener's trail of the house

Mon 23 May 2022
To celebrate the start of spring we asked our Head Gardener to help us bring the outside in, with a garden-themed trail in the house.

Guided estate walks

Mon 23 May 2022
Take a tour with our estate guides through the beautiful grounds of Tyntesfield.

Family green woodworking – Make a stick animal and a whistle

Sun 29 May 2022
During this two-hour session an adult and child work together under the guidance of Somerset Bodger tutors to produce a stick animal and a whistle, and find out what a whammy didler is.

Forest school for under 5’s with Wild at Play

Tue 07 Jun 2022
Let your child’s curiosity bloom at Tyntesfield with Wild at Play forest school.

Summer sketching tour 2022

Tue 21 Jun 2022
Learn something new and be inspired to draw the beautiful grounds at Tyntesfield on this summer sketching tour.

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Sat 25 Jun 2022
Summer outdoor theatre on the Croquet Lawn with The Handlebards.