Primary school receives new benches hand-crafted by NTU students

A primary school in Derbyshire has received a number of new benches for their playground, thanks to staff and students from NTU's BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design course.

A primary school in Derbyshire has received a number of new benches for their playground, thanks to staff and students from NTU's BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design course.

Year One students created the green wood benches during a green wood work experience in Leicester, Greenwood Days run by Peter Wood and arranged by NTU Furniture and Product Design Year One module leader, Luke Harmer.

"Dame Catherine Harpur School in Derbyshire are refurbishing their garden to create a better play and learning space and needed some new outdoor seating." Luke said. "The students were tasked with working as a team to learn new green wood working skills and design and make a bench for the children - all within a day!"

The students worked in small groups and designed and made the natural green wood benches by hand and then arranged for the benches to be delivered to the primary school. Year One student Paige Carroll said: "We were in charge of taking raw wood trunks and used handmade wooden machines to shave, cut and carve a bench. At the end of the session we had created a standing bench, strong and high enough to support young children.

"We allocated job roles within the different carving areas, using axes to remove the bark and wood lathes to create more detailed patterns. Once all the elements were created, we pieced them together which gave the bench a more rustic and homemade look.

"This experience proved to us that electricity isn't our only option. It was creatively stimulating working with hard graft tools and being in the natural environment of our chosen material. I felt it allowed me to understand the potential of wood."

Paige went on to say: "Personally it was the highlight of my first year! I have never experienced a wood workshop like this before. Throwing on a pair of old jeans, with plenty of layers and an axe in hand we were well away with the activities, pulling together as a team. In the evening we enjoyed a bowl of home-made soup and bread which brought us together and allowed us to discuss our ideas."

Luke added: "The results are fantastic - robust, beautiful pieces of furniture that will provide years of use. Many thanks to Peter Wood at Greenwood Days for facilitating a great day."

Primary school receives new benches hand-crafted by NTU students

Published on 19 August 2015
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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