In 1985 Mike Abbott took what at the time, was the radical step of setting up as a full time green woodworker. His aim was to spread the delights of woodland crafts to enable people to regain a meaningful contact with their woody roots. Partly because of Mike’s books and courses, there has been a significant resurgence of interest in woodlands and their associated crafts. In 2015 he embarked upon semi-retirement, packed up his workshop in the woods and now splits his time between making chairs, running courses and writing.
Professional chair-making courses
With over 30 years experience in running courses in green wood chair-making, Mike will guide you through the process of making a chair straight from unseasoned logs. His courses have gained international acclaim, regularly attracting participants from as far afield as Japan and New Zealand as well as Scandinavia and elsewhere in Europe.
Green woodworking books
In 1989 Mike wrote his first book, Green Woodwork, which was reprinted 10 times but is now out of print. In 2002 he published Living Wood – From Buying a Woodland to Making a Chair, which has now gone to its four edition. Following his ’10 minutes of fame’ on the BBC2 series Mastercrafts in 2010, he published Going with the Grain – Making Chairs in the 21st century. Mike’s fourth book Square Pegs in Round Holes is due for publication in 2016. click here for info on books
Having guided well over two thousand budding craftspeople to make their own chair, Mike is now producing the attractive, yet comfortable and durable chairs that have been refined over the years on his courses.