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Traditional woodland crafts & green woodworking courses

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!

£40
London - Next course on 1st June 2019
This regular class in spoon carving, introduces the art of carving with an axe, a knife and a crook knife. By carving a spoon, which is by nature a functional object and one we are all familiar with, we are free from the pressure of knowing what to carve and instead we can become familiar with the tools of this craft. As you gain confidence with the tools, you begin to build a relationship with...
£75
Wiltshire - Next course on 15th June 2019
Beginner’s Spoon Carving Course Come along and spend the day with us in our semi ancient woodland near Warminster and learn how to create a spoon from green wood. During your time spent with us you will learn how to: • Select the wood for your spoon blank • Use safe sawing techniques • Mark out the spoon shape on the blank • Use stop cuts • Axe out a spoon blank • Use safe...
£160
Cornwall - Next course on 1st June 2019
This hugely enjoyable and satisfying 2 day course provides a great introduction to traditional ‘green wood working’ skills and includes all materials and lovely home made food. 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...
£180
Devon - Next course on 25th May 2019
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...
£180
Moray - Next course on 8th June 2019
Come and spend a relaxing time in the woods learning new skills and meeting new folk the green wood way. Green woodworking is a traditional practice using fresh wood still full of sap allowing the tools to split,slice,shave and cleave through the wood with ease. We will use techniques that have been developed over hundreds of years, that are in harmony with the nature and qualities of the wood itself. No prior wood working experience...
£190
Yorkshire - Next course on 15th June 2019
A 2 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: 1. Consider different types of native timbers [wood] and what you can make from it. 2. Be introduced to the various types of tools used in Greenwood Craft, and how to use them. 3. Learn the art of 'Cleaving or Reaving' from Hazel rods...
£400
Suffolk - Next course on 17th June 2019
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...
£410
Devon - Next course on 25th May 2019
These six-day greenwood chair making courses cover all the green woodworking skills and processes needed in order to construct your own chair from a green Ash log. The techniques include cleaving out and shaping the components, drying some of the components overnight in the wood-fired kiln, steam-bending some of the components to give them the correct form, cutting and drilling mortises and tenons, frame assembly, and finally weaving the seating material. There is a range...
£425
East Sussex - Next course on 20th May 2019
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...
£450
Devon - Next course on 23rd September 2019
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...