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 woodland crafts and green woodwork. In 2015 he embarked upon semi-retirement, setting up a condensed version of his woodland workshop in the idyllic garden, which he shares with his wife Tamsin.
Professional chair-making courses
With over 35 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 fourth 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, now in its second edition.
I managed to run a few courses during the summer of 2020 but they were limited to just 2 people per course. As a result I have moved my disappointed 2020 customers onto the courses planned for 2021. I shall not take any bookings until Easter 2021, when I hope to have a better idea of how it looks. Please email me if you would like to go onto the waiting list for any places that become available
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