Bench Making Experience

This 3 day bench making course will introduce you to the joys of making long-lasting, unique furniture, using hand tools and local, sustainably sourced hardwoods.  We will cover:


• Splitting and shaping legs and stretchers using axes and drawknives.

• Preparing a rough sawn board for the bench top using hand planes, spokeshaves and scrapers.

• Determining the geometry of the bench using sightlines, and drilling holes.

• The practicalities of making mortice and tenon joints, including the drying of components.

• Assembling the bench.

• Finishing touches.


The course will take place in a beautiful, peaceful woodland workshop (weather permitting), with fresh locally sourced lunches provided.  2 nights of accommodation in either a yurt or shepherd's hut are included, as is a pizza night, and the option of an organic farm tour.


Suitable for a range of experience levels, from complete beginners to those with previous woodworking experience.  However, please be aware that a degree of fitness/strength is required as there are quite physical elements to the course.  Do get in touch if you are unsure!

   To find out more and to book, visit Rushmere Farm, or simply get in touch via our contact page.

Cost: £405

2022 Course Dates

16-18th September

Please note: Every effort will be made to ensure these courses are run in a COVID-safe manner.  Each participant will have their own set of tools, and the course runs entirely outdoors, with plenty of sanitiser to hand!