Traditional woodland crafts and green woodworking courses

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Traditional woodland craft courses (we also include green woodworking and greenwood crafts in this section) are increasing in the UK. Traditional woodland craft can also be known as ‘woodmanship’ and means working with trees, forests and tools in a way that communities going back thousands of years would recognise. These wood-loving ancestors of ours may have been the first true conservationists, working their resources in a way that was renewable and sustainable, not only preserving trees, but enhancing the richness of the surrounding wildlife. Traditional craft and green wood workshops in this section will generally involve woodwork without the use of nails and screws - and with a focus on hand tools. Think rustic!

Next course on 30th April 2018
Intensive hands on 5 day timber framing course set in an idyllic woodland workshop in the stunning Brecon Beacons. The Course is lead by Master carpenter Alan Ritchie, who has over 30 years experience in traditional woodwork. This comprehensive woodwork course takes you from the raw material to the design, marking and cutting on a live build oak frame. Whether you are planning a project of your own, or interested in trying your hand at...
Next course on 8th October 2017
Starting out in the woodlands, get a different way of looking at trees, how they grow, how they can be managed to provide a wide range of differing timber for historic woodworking. Using the various qualities of timber and looking towards design, the very starting point of making serviceable wooden furniture. Get experience in cleaving, shaping with axe and with drawknife and begin to feel the attraction of these ancient working practices. All techniques will...
Next course on 15th October 2017
Using locally sourced hardwood component parts, each student will assemble and complete a traditional three legged stool to take home. Once assembled we will explore how the component parts were made, and why the woodwork has been planned and organised in this manner so that students can go on to make other works if they want in the future. The day cost covers all materials prepared, the use of all tools and materials to make...
Next course on 19th August 2017
Introduction to green wood furniture making - 2 days A two day course learning the skills and techniques of green woodworking, with an emphasis on contemporary design and detailing. Maximum of 6 students. You will make either a low stool or a side table using a variety of edge tools. Starting with a fresh cut log you will learn how to cleave the wood with a froe and wedges, then shape it on the shaving...
Next course on 27th January 2018
One day stool making course - courses run throughout the year. This is a really great day to get stuck into green woodworking if its your first time. Or even to hone up on skills if you've had a shot before. You are taken through the process from a log, split out, make tenons and mortices shape a seat and sculpt the legs on a shaving horse. Assemble and sit !! The making of something...
Next course on 10th September 2017
The one day courses take place in a community hall in Dereham, Norfolk and run from 9.15 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. You will find the ‘making a small fruit picking basket’ course is ‘full on’, packing a lot into one day, and is aimed at those with patience and stamina (and a fair amount of agility) who would like to master the craft of willow basketmaking. The day will teach all the techniques required to...
My name is Simon Vowell and I am a traditional pole lathe turner that has been introducing the craft back to the general public for the past five years. This beginners course will cover the basics of green wood-turning with all tools and materials provided. No previous experience necessary. The course content will include the selection of materials, tool types, techniques and their safe use to create a finished item by the end of the...
Sharon Littley has been teaching carving for over 15 years and has tutored students of the craft all over the UK. Sharon is based in Port Talbot, Wales. Author of the book 'Celtic Carved Lovespoons', Sharon is a well known for her wonderful and unique Lovespoons, a traditional Welsh gift. Friendly and approachable as well as massively knowledgeable about all things to do with wooden love spoons, get in touch with Sharon to discuss possible...
Next course on 23rd September 2017
Oneday woodcraft course - learn to carve a wooden spoon. Spend a day in my woodland workshop learning to craft functional spoons from green (freshly felled) timber. No experience is necessary but we will be using hand tools all day so you need to be physically fit, all tools and materials are provided in the cost of the course. The venue is 5 miles from Newbury in Berkshire in a small private woodland site. We'll...
Next course on 2nd April 2018
Green wood chair making course - 6 days. Starting with an unseasoned log you will learn how to create a beautiful and unique chair which will last for generations. This is one of the most satisfying green wood projects and the course is suitable for complete beginners and experienced woodworkers alike. The "post and rung" construction uses the natural properties of green wood to produce incredibly strong, glue-free joints. During the course you will learn...