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Course dates, booking & prices

If a course is shown as full, do get in touch and I can add you to the waiting list. People do drop out occasionally and there is no commitment to being on the waiting list.


October 28-November 1 Full-English (returning students only) (FULL)

November 11-15 Rocker (FULL)

December 9-13 Classic (FULL)


January 6-10 Ergo

January 20-24 Low back

February 3-7 Shaker-style bench

February 24-28 Classic (1 place available)

March 9-13 Rocker

March 23-27 Classic

April 20-24 Ergo

May 11-15 Continuous arm

May 23-24 Stool (Weekend)

June 1-5 Full English (returning students only)

June 15-19 Classic

June 29- July 3 Rocker

New course dates are posted on this website 6 – 9 months ahead of time to give plenty of time to fit courses into busy diaries. Courses are offered throughout the year with the exception of August and sometimes July. Every effort is made to spread the different courses across the year. Gaps in the calendar are usually as a result of James Mursell attending shows.

If a course becomes full, a waiting list will be started. Places will be offered strictly in order of registration on the waiting list if a vacancy becomes available.

Booking Your Course

  1. Select a course
  2. Contact James Mursell to check availability
  3. Pay deposit to make firm booking  (£100 for 2-day stool making course; £300 for 5-day chairmaking course). Please see Payment Options
    Please read the conditions of booking.
  4. You will receive confirmation of your booking and receipt of your payment.

Course Prices from 1/1/20

2-day Stool course – £295

5-day Chair courses:

Classic, Low and Ergo: £750

Rocking chair, Shaker-style bench and pair of child’s armchairs: £775

There is absolutely nothing extra to pay as these prices include materials, use of tools, generous food and refreshments during the day, and VAT)

Video of Crown Windsor course 13-17 March 2017

This video was made by Merlin Beedell who attended the course and made a chair while also recording the week for you to enjoy!

Chair Making Courses


No previous experience is necessary to successfully complete a Windsor chair making course and yet experienced woodworkers will still be fully challenged. Individual guidance and assistance will be provided as appropriate, and every effort will be made to ensure a rewarding and enjoyable course.

Chair Making Book

Windsor chair making book

Written by James Mursell, this book was the first new book about the making and design of Windsor chairs for over 10 years. It was written with a broad readership in mind and is aimed at existing Windsor chair makers and also at those who are contemplating making their first chair.

YouTube Videos

Ben Orford makes the blades for my travishers.

Watch his short video about this great tool and the uses it can be put to.

Tool Testimonials


“This tool is phenomenal. I bought two, one for myself and another for my Windsor chairmaker instructor. Compared to the other travishers I have used, yours is very good to work with and everyone who has tried it loves it. I just ordered a second one and your two spokeshaves which I trust will be as enjoyable to use. Thanks again for making such great tools.” LG (USA) 2015