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!

£630
Powys - 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...
£325
East Sussex - Next course on 19th March 2018
Spend 5 days in a beautiful Sussex woodland learning pole lathe turning and other green woodwork techniques and make yourself a chair to cherish for life. The courses are suitable for complete beginners or more experienced wood workers and all tools and materials are provided. The timber used is all locally grown hardwoods. A wholesome lunch is provided . Students may camp overnight. The facilities are basic. The tutor is Danny Harling. He is a...
£175
Online & North Yorkshire
This course can be done online or one to one at my workshop. Tools provided at my workshop or I can advise you where to buy your own. Sessions can be booked in 4 and 8 hour blocks but can then be broken down into bite sized two hour sessions. This helps with dealing with specific issues, time to practice and a revisit in the next session before progressing. Whilst you can have whichever suits...
£175
East Sussex
Spend a weekend in a beautiful Sussex woodland learning pole lathe turning and other green woodwork techniques and make yourself a stool to cherish for life . The courses are suitable for beginners or more experienced wood workers and all tools and materials are provided . The timber used is all locally grow hardwoods . A wholesome lunch is provided . Students may camp overnight if desired . The facilities are basic . The tutor...
£165
Worcestershire
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...
£180
Devon - Next course on 20th January 2018
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...
£70
Scottish Borders - 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...
£70
Norfolk - Next course on 11th February 2018
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...
£95
Berkshire
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...
£120
Berkshire - Next course on 17th February 2018
Oneday woodcraft course - learn to carve a wooden spoon. 2018 course dates confirmed to date - please see above. 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...