Each May Oxfordshire holds its unique arts festival over a three-week span of total creativity. Artists and crafting artisans throughout the county open their studios and workshops to display their completed works and works in progress too; you might never get to see their work at any other time or indeed elsewhere so please follow the event and pick out venues you might want to visit during this period if total creativity.

At our workshop we’ve planned an open house on two specific Saturdays, Saturday 6th May and then next Saturday 13th, between 11 am and 3 pm. I hope you can pay us a visit–I will be around both days to talk and demonstrate the work we do. Also, as an appetiser, we will have the pieces we made through 2017 for Woodworking Masterclasses on display too. The newest piece, my laptop desk will be there, and I will be finishing up the drawings for this during the week between the Saturdays.

We will not be open on either Sunday of Artweeks.

But it’s not just me here either. Other creative woodworkers share the space at Sylva Wood Centre, furniture makers and carvers like my direct neighbours Chris Boreham, Neil Scott, Simon Clements and Rodas Irving who all work wood very differently and make their living from working wood. Other crafts and short courses include custom upholstery with Mary Cowdry.There will be photography and art work too together with the hist of the whole event Sylva Wood Centre and Foundation where you can see the new forest planted earlier this year and which some of you indeed sponsored with us.

This will be a good opportunity to meet two of the behind the scenes colleagues, Eloise, our newest addition to the team, and Mark who manages the office and is always willing to input his point of view to make things come together. Ellie masterfully creates our videos and as a skilled videographer/editor has impacted everyone with her willingness to ever strive for the very best. She is also one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Mark will be there on the following Saturday, and he will tell you more about the amazing things he does, keeping track of our book and DVD stock, managing accounts that keep us moving forward and much more.

This is the address we currently use for our workshop:

Sylva Wood Centre

Little Wittenham Road
Long Wittenham
OX14 4QT

Good to see you very soon!


  1. dan on 4 May 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I’ll be there this Saturday thanks

  2. Roger on 4 May 2017 at 10:46 pm

    I am flying from Australia now but will miss these dates.
    I am looking forward to a brief meet as arranged with Chris in May. Maybe a modest dinner out with you and Liz.

  3. Ferd on 5 May 2017 at 11:59 am

    I so appreciate your videos & commentary. They are a positive and constructive delight in a world that concentrates most of its energy to just the opposite. God bless you! Wish I lived in the UK so I could stop by & see the Art Show. Here in Pennsylvania we have some really great artisan shows too, most of them centered around the 18th C & historical gun making. Just incredible skills! Since I have so little time to devote to my hobby, I often work with wood by proxy watching your videos.

    Take care, Ferd Madara (translated means “wood”)

  4. Chris on 6 May 2017 at 1:03 am

    Paul, I don’t know where else to ask this question and it not be referenced somehow. It’s in regards to the you tube video about landing the plane. I’m confused because is that only when your rough dimensioning a board are is that how you Finnish the surface? Is there ever a time when you would take a shaving from one end to the other? Anyway I wish there was a bit more elaboration about why and when you are landing the plane like that. I tried to find a place to ask my question on the you tube video site but could not find any, Sorry and thanks

  5. dan on 6 May 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Hi Paul managed to get there but only had chance to pop in and out as I was working in Birmingham in morning and had to get back in Preston for 3.30pm daughters gymnastic competition. Brilliant place and beautiful works love the chest of drawers top craftsmanship. The future forest looks good and promising. I was planning on spending some time asking you some questions etc but work took longer than planned in the morning. Would it be possible to call one weekend and visit again. Thanks

  6. HOWARD SHERWOOD on 17 May 2017 at 8:17 am

    How do you woodwork a lifestyle?

    • Paul Sellers on 17 May 2017 at 6:05 pm

      I suspect you understand what is meant there.

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