Centre for Fine Woodworking - Green Woodworking

New Zealand's premier furniture making, woodworking & design school



Green Woodworking

Tutor: Richard Hare

We are delighted to add into our ongoing programme the addition of green woodworking workshops under the guidance and tuition of the very experienced Richard Hare — read more about him here.

Our intention is to offer a range of workshops taught by Richard over the next few years, giving students the opportunity to learn, return and increase their skill level in these traditional techniques. These workshops are suitable for all skill levels — beginners and experienced woodworkers alike.

Imagine the satisfaction gained from participating in this very creative hands-on workshop learning the skills of bygone times. With a maximum of only six students per course, using hand tools and a freshly felled tree, under the guidance of a master artisan, you will have an experience of a lifetime.

In 2018 we will offer:

Traditional Windsor Chair Workshop
Dates: 5th — 11th March 2018
Course fee: $1395

A Windsor chair has a sculpted solid timber seat to which the legs (usually turned) are joined from below. The top, consisting of spindles and a steam—bent back, is joined to the seat from above. Windsor chairs were produced in great numbers during the 18th century in Britain and North America.

You will be making this chair using hand tools and pre—Industrial Revolution techniques. Starting with a freshly felled log, you will use a foot-operated pole lathe to split, shape and turn most of the chair parts. You will steam—bend the back bow and shape the solid elm seat, using traditional tools and methods. Finally, you will put it all together. It will become a family heirloom.

Traditional Log Carrier workshop
Dates: 3rd & 4th March 2018
Course Fee: $395 including materials

Traditional Log Carrier

A two day workshop aimed to give students an opportunity to try the traditional art of green woodworking. The project of a firewood carrier will cover the basic techniques of using a pole lathe, steam box, shaping and turning.

Visually attractive and steam bent to shape, each carrier holds an amazing amount of wood, which is easily carried down by your side rather than the weight being in your arms in front of you.


Enrolling on a course

To enrol on a course or workshop - please complete the form below. As the maximum number of students we have in any class is eight, some of our courses fill up quickly so please check with us first if there is a space available - we wouldn't want you to be disappointed.

To secure a place we require a non-refundable deposit of $350 and once this is received we will confirm your enrolment. The balance of the course fee is due 30 days prior to the start of the course.

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