Block 5s learn the art of seat weaving

By Jane Kirby, Librarian
Bedales rush-seated Library chairs were designed by Ernest Gimson, and are integral to the furnishing of the Library. The rushes need to be replaced regularly, and following the retirement of our expert restorer I attended a course at West Dean College to learn the method.

Bedales School

Robin Allez repairing a library chair

Last term a small group from Block 5 joined me in Outdoor Work, repairing a chair each over the course of the term. We used pre-twisted rush, mainly because we only had an hour and a half each week, and preparing unprocessed rushes for each session would have been very inefficient.

We’d like to thank Mohamed Halli (Design department) for his work repairing the frames before we wove the seats.

View photos.



Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music school. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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