Make a Traditional Three Legged Stool
- Location: Juniper Hall
- Tutor: Mervyn Mewis
- Dates: Friday 13 April 2018 to Sunday 15 April 2018
- Level: Open for Everyone
- RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY): £250
- RESIDENT(SHARED ROOM): £230
- NON-RESIDENT: £200
Using locally sourced hardwood component parts, each student will assemble and complete a traditional three legged stool to take home. Once assembled we will explore how the component parts were made, and why the woodwork has been planned and organised in this manner so that students can go on to make other works if they want in the future. The weekend cost covers all materials prepared, the use of all tools and materials to make a three legged stool to take home, as well as the knowledge and confidence to make further items. All tool use, raw materials, help and encouragement provided. No previous experience necessary, some determination, level of fitness and hand-eye co-ordination required. Proposed Course Itinerary Friday evening commences after dinner with a talk and slides of relevant working methods and what we will achieve. Aspects of Health and Safety covered and anticipated outcomes discussed with the Group. Saturday morning will be taken up with each student making their own work, using prepared component parts and constant demonstration and tuition. Learn methods of traditional joint work, which will be suitable for many other new woodwork adventures following on from this course. Saturday afternoon will see the start of the “green”, that-is, unseasoned wood-working – how to convert trees into usable and beautiful raw materials; also why the course has been designed in this manner of work-flow. Sunday will see the completion of each student’s work, with plenty of time to continue making and exploring the component parts.
Mervyn Mewis has been involved in woodlands and small scale production of furniture for over twenty years; following on from a combination of landscape conservation studies at Merrist Wood College (Surrey) and Birkbeck University (London) and with City and Guilds traditional carpentry training. Bringing these interests together in the form of traditional green (unseasoned) woodwork techniques, combining historic methods of working with modern design and function have led to nearly ten years of teaching and helping others to understand and learn these skills. Work has been displayed at National Trust Clandon Park (Guildford), Leith Hill Place and at Godalming Museum (Surrey) where a substantial art installation helps to promote the local history of woodlands and their uses.
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