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Newsletter: Winter 2018


This is a little later than I had hoped, but I have two significant developments to tell you about! My new Travisher is finally on the market and is receiving very positive responses on Instagram, and both of our self-catering accommodation units are complete and available for anyone taking a chair/stool course. Finally, there’s an inspiring piece for any of us who are concerned about our age!

Wishing you a merry Christmas and happy New Year!

James Mursell


New Travisher

I have been selling my wooden travisher for the last 10 years and they are spread all around the world! However, even from the beginning I have been considering making a version from alternative materials. This is the result of much thought and a good number of iterations and I’m really pleased with it!

This tool is machined from a solid block of the engineering polymer Delrin. There is also a brass insert in front of the blade, which should last a lifetime of normal use! The tool is wonderfully heavy, just like a high class plane and it is a joy to hold.

I will have several of these available for students to use on my chair making courses and I’ll bet there’ll be a scramble for these ones!

This is definitely a top-of-the-range tool. It is not inexpensive, but being unique and ideally suited to its job, I feel confident that it justifies its price tag!

There is more information on my website: Travisher

Self-catering Accommodation

We have had builders on-site for nearly a year, but it has been well worth it. The Stables and The Old Workshop are now complete and available for hire!

The Stables was created from a brick and tiled building which was most recently used as stables for horses, while The Old Workshop was my original chair making workshop! They can be found on either side of a private courtyard which we have created. We will have tables and chairs here in the warmer months!

Here are some videos of how they have turned out. Do have a look and please get in touch if you are interested in renting them!

There is more information and photographs on my website:

Self-catering accommodation


Pat has been coming to the workshop since being given a course by her husband for her 79th birthday! She has made 4 chairs and 3 stools in that time and last month she came to make the third stool.

She has been asking me ever since her first visit whether she was the oldest person that I have taught and this time at 87 ½ (!) she most certainly takes that title. Well done Pat!

I was delighted that she was our first occupant of The Old Workshop.

Chairmaking Courses

If you are considering booking a course for yourself, or someone else, please have a look at the table below which show the number of places available as at 5/12/18. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch. I am always delighted to produce a voucher if this is helpful when giving a gift.



Course Vacancies at 5th December 2018 
January7-11Continuous arm4
 21-25Low back0
February11-15Classic double bow0
March18-22Full-English double bow0
 15-19Rocking chair4
 27-31Classic double bow2
June10-14Continuous arm6
July1-5Classic double bow3
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