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Course dates, booking & prices


My courses are now running according to the schedule below. However, due to Covid and the need to keep separation, I am limiting the number of students on each course to 5 (previously 8). This way, each person can have their own bench and the workshop is not crowded.

I will operate a waiting list for all courses, on a strict first-come, first-served basis. On this basis, I have a limited number of places available before Christmas and plenty next year.

Please get in touch if you wish to discuss coming on a course. I will update these details as the situation evolves.

Course dates


August 22-23 Stool (weekend)

August 29-30 Stool (weekend)

September 21-25 Classic

October 5-9 Ergo

October 19-23 Continuous arm

November 2-6 Classic

November 23-27 Low back

December 14-18 Rocking chair


January 11-15 Ergo

January 25-29 Full English (returning students only)

February 8-12 Continuous arm

March 1-5 CLassic

March 15-19 Low back 

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, Ergo and continuous arm: £750

Rocking chair and Full-English: £780

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

Click here for images and details of course chairs

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

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

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