Chairmaking Workshops with Rotary Planes
At Stanton Guildhouse
19th to 23rd August 2013
Make a chair with Peter Hindle of Ashem Crafts
A 5 day course in this lovely village
in the heart of the Cotswolds
The Stanton Guildhouse
The cost of the course is £535 and includes full accommodation at the Guildhouse including breakfast,
2 course lunch and 3 course evening meal, homemade cakes and biscuits with refreshment breaks
morning and afternoon. The workshop will be available for working in the evenings.
Please contact Ashem Crafts direct for further information and to register on the course.
Participants can choose from 9 alternative chairs (see pictures) either Windsor style, Shaker chairs or
English ladderbacks. The cost of the timber is not included within the course fee. Participants can, if
they wish and after consultation with the tutor, provide their own good quality timber.
This course is for anyone interested in making either a Windsor style or English or American
ladderback chair. With the use of Ashem rotary planes and allied equipment, each student should
complete the component parts for a chair of their choice within the five day workshop. Everyone will
have the use of the rounders and Ashem equipment. Each participant will have the opportunity to
steam bend parts of their own individual chair using the windlass and forming jigs.
Ashem Crafts are fortunate to have acquired the facilities of the Guildhouse and workshop for their
new venue. Stanton is thought by some to be the most picturesque village in England. Set upon a hill, it
has a beautiful panoramic view of the countryside around. Their website address is:-
Chairmaking Workshops with Rotary Planes
At The Green Wood Centre, Coalbrookdale,
15th to 19th April 2013
Make a chair with Peter Hindle of Ashem Crafts and Dylan Hartley
A 5 day course in the heart of Ironbridge Gorge
Shaker rocker chair
Shaker Elder's chair
Comb back Windsor
Double Bow Stickback Windsor Chair
Fred Lambert Rocker
Splat back windsor
The Green Wood Centre
Please contact either Peter on 01905 640070 or Dylan on 01952 586894 to register and discuss your chosen chair.
The course fee of £340 includes light lunches and refreshment breaks.
Participants can choose from 9 alternative chairs either Windsor style, Shaker chairs or English ladder
backs. The cost of the timber is not included within the course fee. Participants can, if they wish and
after consultation with the tutor, provide their own good quality timber.
This course is for anyone interested in making either a Windsor style or English or American ladderback
chair. With the use of Ashem rotary planes and allied equipment, each student should complete the
component parts for a chair of their choice within the five day workshop. Everyone will have the use of
the rounders and Ashem equipment. Each participant will have the opportunity to steam bend parts of
their own individual chair using the windlass and forming jigs.
The Green Wood Centre is set in the heart of Coalbrookdale in Shropshire, near to Ironbridge Gorge,
one of Shropshire's top attractions known throughout the world as the birthplace of the Industrial
Revolution. Beyond the Gorge and the Museums there is the beauty of Shropshire, with medieval
towns, spectacular scenery, gardens and historical sites dating back over 2,000 years.
In the Green Wood Centre grounds there are constructed eco-pods with two simple bunk beds and natural lighting.
There are basic wooden tents or you can pitch your own tent or caravan. There are showers and use of a kitchen provided. Alternatively, there are numerous
hotels and B&B’s in the area. The Green Wood Centre will provide a list of places to stay.
About the Tutors
Peter Hindle, has been making and using rotary planes for over twenty five years. He has been involved in adult
education and has been a craft teacher in schools and colleges for over thirty five years. He has demonstrated the techniques of making a
Shaker chair and run workshops at the Shaker Art of Craftsmanship Exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery in London. For the past 18
years he has been taking Shaker chair workshops in the USA and Windsor and stick-back chair workshops in England.
For more information click here.
Dylan Hartley was a former school pupil of Peter’s at Wensleydale School in the late 1960’s. He followed Peter to Shoreditch College in the 1970’s. to train as a craft teacher. Dylan started teaching in North Yorkshire before setting up a limited company - Dylan Hartley Constuction and Restoration company. Amongst the many major constructional projects which Dylan supervised and worked on, is the roof construction of the Roman Villa quite close to our course venue. The construction of this building was featured on ITV Channel 4 - Rome wasn’t built in a day.
He has now retired from business, and working with Peter, together they have set up a new chair making course at the Greenwood centre in Coalbrookdale.
Summer 2011 Class at Urchfont Manor
August 2010 Class at Urchfont Manor
Barbara's "Fred Lambert" Rocker (2010)
Hi Peter & Patricia,
I enclose a picture of my finished chair which has been greatly admired by
everyone who has seen it. I could have sold it several times. My friends assume
that my husband made it! I finished the chair with three coats of Danish oil.
I am tempted to come on another course and make a Shaker chair, John's rocker
was very unusual.
Heather Drage on her Chair
I had a wonderful week at Urchfont in July. Although I done a little
woodwork years ago, I hardly came into the 'experienced'category, but with the help
of the tutors, I was able to make my first ever chair, and am very pleased and proud
of the end result.