Traditional woodland craft or green woodworking involves spending time out in the woods and learning skills that have been passed down by "woodsmen" for generations. Projects might include making a chair or table from freshly cut timber that you have selected and felled yourself. With thanks to our guest bloggers from Forest Garden Shovelstrode for sharing this description of a traditional woodland craft course experience.
"Working with our hands can be a wonderful way to come home to ourselves and into the present. In green woodwork, making something such as a chair or a spoon, the activity of the hands connects us not only with our whole body but brings the mind into a powerful focus with the object in our hands. This is profoundly mentally relaxing, an experience not unlike meditation.
To compliment this healing quality, our traditional woodland craft courses take place outside in nature, surrounded by ancient woodland, the sounds of birds and fresh air. And to balance these things, green woodwork is also social. There may be a person working next to you who is deeply absorbed in work, but if you wish, there is always space on courses to relate and connect with others. Healthy and delicious home cooked food are also part of the experience.
The work can be energetic but it is also energizing.
To come on a course you don’t need to have experience of woodwork; tuition is tailored to each person’s level and need. Green woodwork does not claim to address personal issues directly, but at the end of a course you will take home something you have made to enjoy and share.
You might also take with you a surprising and life-giving new mood and perspective on your life."
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