Chairmaking Workshops with
At Stanton Guildhouse
14th to 18th April 2014
Make a chair with Peter Hindle of Ashem
A 5 day course in this lovely village
in the heart of the Cotswolds
The Stanton Guildhouse
The cost of the course is £550 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
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 With Rotary Planes
Shaker rocker chair
Shaker Elder's chair
Comb back Windsor
Double Bow Stickback Windsor Chair
Fred Lambert Rocker
Splat back windsor
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.