W&W making a Scottish / Irish Vernacular Hedge Chair

Wednesday 28th July 2021 at 17:45

To follow on from our initial enjoyable foray into 'lockdown' Scottish vernacular stool making and to better appreciate the construction, tools and techniques in country-made furniture I stepped up to make a Scottish / Irish type Hedge Chair with the much needed guidance and expertise of The Big Tree Society, Eoin Cox and Dave Barella over a weekend course.  Located down near Ancrum, Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders.

The Big Tree Society - http://www.thebigtreesociety.co.uk/

Support vernacular furniture making as it should be working with green wood to help design and build your own hedge chair from scratch using traditional techniques in a traditional setting.  The course ticks along at a good pace of hands off support and imparted expertise, interspersed with focused construction and a good blether about interesting experiences in woodworking and life stories.  All this makes for a very enjoyable way to spend a couple of days if you love vernacular furniture and want to start green wood-working. 

The two days support the build of a functional piece of furniture the 'hedge chair' to your own design and from some hard work.  Eoin and Dave were fantastic fun, extremely knowledgeable and great at facilitating getting a chair built at a good pace. 

I will update this when the hedge chair has dried out a bit more and I colour/stain/milk-paint it.