Course: Make a milking stool
This course is ideal for learners who have previously attended a Touch-Wood"Taster Day", or have sound some woodworking/turning experience.
A "milking stool" is a traditional 3 legged stool, which makes a useful and attractive piece of furniture in any present day household.
On the first day learners will cleave fresh green ash wood, and shape it with axes and drawknives to prepare the billets for stool legs; these will then be turned on pole lathes to traditional or original patterns, with consideration to functional and attractive design. The legs will then be dried ready for assembly on the last day of the course.
On the second day seasoned hardwood boards will be cut to shape using a turning saw, and shaped and finished using a range of hand tools; then the components will be assembled, using traditional Windsor chair making techniques.
The tutor is forestry graduate Maurice Clother; a bodger (pole lathe turner) with loads of experience; having taught green woodwork since 2001.
The venue is the woodturning area in the courtyard of the National Trust’s idyllic Lower Brockhampton House. The Wood Turning workshop is equipped with plenty of shave horses and pole lathes to enable learners to make traditional Windsor furniture.
The source of the materials is all around – Lower Brockhampton Estate has 700 acres of woodland, and is an ancient woodland site, managed in a sensitive and sustainable way. Native hardwoods are harvested on within the estate, to be crafted into a range of items, using traditional methods and simple hand tools.
The National Trust café provides a delicious lunch for those learning the turning.
Enjoy this ancient and absorbing craft, coached by an experienced artisan tutor, and take the fruits of your labour home with you at the end of the course!