And then we were done! Now it’s home, there is some minor finishing (sanding) to do, then I plan to oil it, probably with linseed oil. Many thanks to Peter Wood from Greenwood Days and the other members of the course – you made the week great fun – you all rock!

I spent a week making a Windsor rocking chair – from a tree! I was on a course with the highly talented Peter Wood from Greenwood Days – if you fancy spending time in a forest making things, then that website is worth checking out.

Here is my pictorial diary of the course.

We used ash wood. Here it is – recently felled.

We used ash wood. Here it is – recently felled.

Using an axe to make a split log into a somewhat round shape.

Using an axe to make a split log into a somewhat round shape.

Larger view of pole lathe. The stick at the top has string attached which, via a foot “pedal” you pump up and down, turns the lathe.

Larger view of pole lathe. The stick at the top has string attached which, via a foot “pedal” you pump up and down, turns the lathe.

The rounded wood was then put on the pole lathe – to become chair legs.

The rounded wood was then put on the pole lathe – to become chair legs.

After a lot of effort, the legs began to take shape.

After a lot of effort, the legs began to take shape.

Ouch. “Do not wave a sharp chisel around” we were warned. This is why.

Ouch. “Do not wave a sharp chisel around” we were warned. This is why.

“Make a 2m length of tree one inch square using a draw knife” – on a shave horse.

“Make a 2m length of tree one inch square using a draw knife” – on a shave horse.

A small amount of splitting is not a problem – but sounds awful!

A small amount of splitting is not a problem – but sounds awful!

String and clamps hold the arm bow while it cools.

String and clamps hold the arm bow while it cools.

Follow the grain – long spindle making.

Follow the grain – long spindle making.

Following the grain – gives “naturally curved” spindles.

Following the grain – gives “naturally curved” spindles.

Cutting out the seat using a template – it was trimmed on a bandsaw.

Cutting out the seat using a template – it was trimmed on a bandsaw.

Slow progress...

Slow progress…

More progress...

More progress…

With shape of seat defined, time to drill the spindle holes.

With shape of seat defined, time to drill the spindle holes.

Using a posh pencil sharpener (rounder plane) to make the spindle tenons.

Using a posh pencil sharpener (rounder plane) to make the spindle tenons.

Three spindles drilled and inserted.

Three spindles drilled and inserted.

When the holes are drilled put the spindles in place.

When the holes are drilled put the spindles in place.

Glueing the legs and spindles into place needed at least seven hands (no photos taken), then dismantle everything again.

Glueing the legs and spindles into place needed at least seven hands (no photos taken), then dismantle everything again.

Wedges and glue to hold the spindles in place. Only glue one side of the wedge – for movement of wood.

Wedges and glue to hold the spindles in place. Only glue one side of the wedge – for movement of wood.

Mahogany wedge for contrast in the end of the arms.

Mahogany wedge for contrast in the end of the arms.

Oak rockers – hard wearing wood.

Oak rockers – hard wearing wood.

*drool* look at that grain!

*drool* look at that grain!

And then we were done! Now it’s home, there is some minor finishing (sanding) to do, then I plan to oil it, probably with linseed oil. Many thanks to Peter Wood from Greenwood Days and the other members of the course – you made the week great fun – you all rock!

And then we were done! Now it’s home, there is some minor finishing (sanding) to do, then I plan to oil it, probably with linseed oil. Many thanks to Peter Wood from Greenwood Days and the other members of the course – you made the week great fun – you all rock!