Frequently Asked Questions :
Q. Is the course suitable for a complete beginner ?
Yes . We start at the beginning . There is plenty to challenge the more seasoned ( ahem ) woodworker however . The course are often quite mixed ability.
Q. Where are the woods ?
The woods are located about 7 miles east of Lewes near the village of Laughton, in East Sussex. The directions to get there will be sent out via email when a course is booked.
Q . Can I get there by public transport ?
Not really, no . The nearest train is Lewes or Berwick and the nearest bus is to Ringmer . It is possible to be picked up from these locations if you make prior arrangements with us.
Q. Can I camp?
Yes! Tents or camper vans are welcome. There is plenty of space but only basic facilities . There is a compost loo and water only in containers. There is plenty of firewood and a pub within walking distance . At present there is no charge for camping .
Q. Does everyone finish their chair or stool?
Yes! Well, almost. Some people choose to make something a bit more complicated and need to return for a short time to finish . This is quite unusual and not something you need to worry about.
Q. Can I make a chair of my own design?
Yes. You will be guided to make a chair within your ability and steered away from a design you won’t be able to finish in the time, but there is scope for your own creativity .
Q. Can I get a refund if I can’t make the date?
No. You can change to a different date if you inform us at least four weeks before the course date . If we make a mistake with the booking, you can get a full refund.
Q. Can I bring my own wood/ tools?
Yes . Everything is provided, but if you wish to use your own wood or tools, so long as they’re suitable that’s fine.
Q. I’m physically impaired, Can I still do it ?
Within reason. There is a lot of physical work and most people find it hard work. A lot of the work can be done sitting down and we take frequent breaks . Please get in touch if you have specific needs .
Q. I have special dietary requirements, can you cater for me?
We provide lunches that are vegetarian and wholesome. We suggest bringing your own lunch/ snacks if you have special requirements .