Traditional woodland crafts & 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!

Powys - Next course on 2nd July 2018
Note*1 Place has just been made alavilable for the 5 day Adanced Course on 2nd July in Brecon (Purlins , roof trusses and Crucks)£630 fully catered ! We have a great couple of courses running in Normandy France Course Start Dates Monday 17th September 2018 Monday 24th September 2018 £550 per week or Discount of £995 for the both courses! Courses in Brecon will resume Spring 2019 dates to be confirmed Intensive hands on 5...
Cornwall - Next course on 30th June 2018
This hugely enjoyable and satisfying 2 day course provides a great introduction to traditional ‘green wood working’ skills. You’ll learn all about ancient woodcraft techniques (no power tools here!) and out of a recently felled ‘green’ log you’ll create your own unique rustic stool to take home. Who is this woodworking course for? Whether it’s for you or as a gift, the course is suitable for absolutely anyone who’d enjoy learning a traditional skill in...
Yorkshire - Next course on 2nd November 2018
Introduction to Greenwood Craft - a weekend course A 3 day course to introduce you to Green wood craft, using a Pole Lathe, basic craft tools and making simple rustic furniture. Over the course, you will cover the following: Be introduced to basic woodland management and spend part of the first day in the woodland learning how to fell and coppice small trees for greenwood craft and consider different types of native timbers [wood] and...
Suffolk - Next course on 11th July 2018
My Chair Making Course is held over five days and you'll learn all the skills needed to make your very own chair to take away at the end. You do not need any previous experience and all timber and tools will be provided. The chair you'll make is a simple spindle back frame chair with a woven seat in danish cord. Due to the methods used to dry the wooden components you will fashion joints...
Wiltshire - Next course on 8th July 2018
Adult Bushcraft and Survival Skills Course This is a great hand’s on day at our woodland site near Warminster Wiltshire. Learning basic Survival and Bushcraft Skills. During your time spent with us you will: · Build your own shelter · Source and purify water · Natural tinders · Lighting a fire without matches · Making cordage from natural plant fibres · Tree Id · Natural navigation Minimum age 18 younger students are allowed by prior...
Wiltshire - Next course on 14th July 2018
Make your own traditional wooden rake to take home. This course is a great opportunity to learn new skills in a beautiful Woodland setting Discover how to cleave the wood with a froe and shape with a drawknife and shave horse. Have a go at making rake tines using the tine cutter. This course will be run at our site near Warminster. Maximum course size 6 candidates
Cumbria - Next course on 9th July 2018
Hazel can be found almost everywhere and as a result is used as a basketry material all over Europe. In England these baskets are becoming more popular and undergoing a resurgence, largely due to the efforts and research of Ruth Pybus in North Wales. I learnt to make them in 2016 and have been teaching them ever since and a recent trip to Slovenia has given me fresh ideas for basketry patterns that I'm eager...
Cumbria - Next course on 22nd June 2018
This is a 4-day residential workshop learning how to make the L'al Yak basket bag designed by Lorna. The L'al Yak (little oak) basket is based on the traditional pack baskets of North America and European alpine countries, scaled down for practical daily use and adapted to use local materials and the traditional Cumbrian process of swill-basketry. Swill basketry has been listed as a critically endangered craft by the Heritage Crafts Association. Lorna is one...
A member of the Register of Professional Turners (RPT) with a recognised teaching qualification (PTLLS), Mark Hancock runs these wood turning course from his well-equipped workshop near Pershore, Worcestershire Courses can be arranged for all levels of experience from the complete beginner to the more advanced turner with each course specifically designed to meets the student’s needs and requirements. Those that have turning tools are encouraged to bring these along with samples of work to...
Devon - Next course on 15th September 2018
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 horse with drawknife and spokeshave. Joints used will be...