Chairmaking Workshops with Rotary Planes At Stanton Guildhouse Stanton, Broadway 14th to 18th April 2014

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
Stanton Broadway
WR12 7NE

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 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 With Rotary Planes

Shaker rocker chair
Shaker settee
Shaker Elder's chair
Comb back Windsor
Double Bow Stickback Windsor Chair
Gimson ladderback
Continuous armchair
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.

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.

Regards Barbara

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.