Prices vary on this activity.

Wild Wood Furniture making

If you're looking for an incredible alternative activity to offer your students then look no further than this opportunity to create some outdoor furniture for your school grounds. 

Making a stool out of trees and reclaimed wood is both challenging and achievable. The children will develop team work, patience and knowledge whilst receiving that ecstatic feeling of having completed something incredible. 

The actual activity and cost here depends hugely on the age group I am working with. There are some examples of how this might work below, but please get in touch to discuss this further.

Stool making with 7-9 year olds

- The seat tops will come pre cut.
- Each stool will come in approximately

11 parts: 4 legs, 4 seat frames, 3 seat pieces, 
- In pairs, it will be the children's jobs to drill

holes and hammer dowel pegs

to piece it all together.

- There will be approximately 25 holes to drill

and pegs to hammer. The legs will need

levelling off with a saw afterwards.

 

 Making a stool with 10-11 year olds

- The seat tops will need to be shaped with a coping saw.
- Each stool will come in approximately 14 parts: 4 legs, 4 seat frames, 3 seat pieces and 4 leg supports
- In pairs, it will be the children's jobs to drill holes and hammer dowel pegs to piece it all together.

- There will be approximately 35 holes to drill and pegs to hammer.

- The children will discuss the best ways to make sure the stool is level.

- The legs will need levelling off (using their own methods hopefully) with a saw.

Making a stool 11+ (Secondary school - Home Ed - 1-1 work)

- The seat tops will need to be shaped with a coping saw.
- Each stool will come in approximately 14 parts: 4 legs, 4 seat frames, 3 seat pieces and 4 leg supports.

- The legs, seat frame and supports will need cutting to size.
- In pairs and using a drill, it will be the children's jobs to drill holes and hammer dowel pegs to piece it all together.

- There will be approximately 35 holes to drill and pegs to hammer.

- The children will discuss the best ways to make sure the stool is level.

- The legs will need levelling off (using their own methods hopefully) with a saw.

For a much bigger adventure the children can do the entire stool/chair from start to finish. This includes:

- Searching for the legs in the woods

- Finding the leg support branches

- Finding the frame logs in the woods

- Cutting the legs to size

- Cutting the leg supports to size

- Cutting the frame to size

- Planing 2 flat surfaces onto each frame support

- Chopping the pallet wood down to size

- Cutting the shape of their seat using a coping saw

- Attaching the frame support to the seat

- Attaching the legs

- Attaching the leg supports

- Finding a way to level the stool

- Leveling the stool

- Celebrating an awesome achievement by taking a well earned seat!

This is a big activity so the time it takes and it's cost depends on group age and size. 
Please get in touch to discuss further.

Taran Sutcliffe:

Primary Education 5-11 BEd Hons - PE Specialism

Level 3 Forest School Leader

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