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Bench Making Long Weekend


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 (the pizza oven may even be fired up!).  George will also provide a tour and talk on the ongoing organic conversion of the farm.


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: £305

2023 Course Dates

July 29-31 - Sold Out

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