The expertise of a Farnhill resident has provided East Riddlesden Hall with the perfect accompaniment for its popular storytelling sessions.

Richard Law has completed a wooden storytelling chair, which is now in the hall’s Discovery Garden.

Mr Law is a bodger, a traditional wood-turning craft in which items are made out of unseasoned wood.

He has a workshop in Strid Wood, at Bolton Abbey, and was commissioned to make the oak chair by East Riddlesden Hall.

The National Trust property’s community and learning officer, Shelley Hollingdrake, said: “Richard has been working on the chair for the last three months, and it’s been inspired by the lambing chair in the kitchen at the hall.

“He’s kept us informed all the way through the process and the result is absolutely beautiful – we’re thrilled.

“When the weather is good we hold the storytelling sessions outside and this chair will be the ideal place for the storyteller to sit.

“The chair can be moved but it is really heavy. We like it where it is at the moment, which is where we work with schools and community groups.”