Make a folding stool

Make a folding stool


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Make your own functional and low impact camping stool.

Fed up of seeing piles of broken and discarded, mass produced camp chairs in the bin? Come and learn how to make your own sustainable camp furniture on this one day course. You’ll leave with your very own folding camp stool to use at your next festival.

Key information

  • Duration: one day
  • Upcoming dates: Sat 26 September 2020
  • Start and finish times: starts at 10am and ends at 4.30pm
  • Fees: £70
  • Includes: tuition, all tools and materials, buffet lunch
  • What to bring: as this is a highly practical course, safety boots are required and waterproof clothing is recommended

What you will learn

The course will cover the whole process of making a functional and low impact camping stool, from coppicing the wood for the legs, to sewing a fabric seat.

It’s a great way to get a taste of green wood working and an excellent ‘how to’ on the care and operation of a vintage hand powered sewing machine. It will give you the skills and confidence to start carving and sewing at home – a great way to unwind and to create your own unique, low impact gifts, ornaments and functional items.

The course is more than learning to make a folding stool, it’s a chance to reconnect with the outdoors and switch off from all of life’s little stresses.

Topics covered include:

  • Wood sources and types for stool legs
  • What is coppicing
  • Safe saw use and safe knife cutting techniques
  • Folding stool principles and design
  • Sawing, shaping, drilling and fixing the legs
  • Sewing machine set up and maintenance
  • Cutting out and sewing a simple fabric pattern
  • Final stool assembly and road testing!
  • Discussions about, drying, finishes, design variations

This practical workshop is based outside but undercover. All tools and materials are provided, along with a delicious vegetarian lunch from our on-site café.

Meet your tutors

Your tutor for the day is Neil Hopkins of Forge Ways.

Neil moved to the Dyfi Valley in 2007 to work as a Renewable Engineering Project Manager and to live a more sustainable way of life on a smallholding in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains.

With a passion for traditional skills and low impact ways of living, Neil has a wealth of experience instructing in the outdoors and has qualifications and experience in arboriculture, green wood working and bushcraft.

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