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Cleft ash gate making with Gedwood


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Set in the stunning rolling hills of Speyside at the very heart of malt whisky country in the scottish highlands.

This 2 day course is suitable for both beginners and people with previous experience. Create your very own unique garden gate to take home, using only traditional hand tools and no screws, nails or glue (perish the thought!). Long before the days of sawmills, this is how traditional rustic gates were made. Cleft ash timber is far stronger and durable than saw mill planed timber, not to mention much more pleasing to the eye!

An introduction to Ged - Creator and Tutor at Gedwood;
If you're thinking about doing a workshop at Gedwood or buying one of our handcrafted products, we thought it might be handy for you to know a bit more about the teacher and creator!
Ged has been a Countryside ranger for Moray Council for 20 years. He studied forestry at Bangor University and not surprisingly he enjoys being outdoors with nature. Ged first got into green woodworking through renovating his house and garden. He built his own bespoke kitchen from wood and taught himself as he went. He enjoyed it so much he decided he'd like to teach others how to craft beautiful items from natural resources.
Ged's interests include hill walking, bird watching, yoga, conservation, environmental issues and northern soul. He's a very calm and encouraging teacher and an all round great human being!

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials along with tea and coffee are provided. Please bring a packed lunch. Covid safety measures will be in place.

Plenty of places to stay in nearby villages of Dufftown, Aberlour and Craigellachie - check out the village websites.


Ged Connell at Gedwood
2 Parkmore Distillery Cottages
AB55 4DL
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  • Hearing impaired
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  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
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  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday

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2 days (10:00am to 5:00pm)

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Whether new to green woodworking or already with some experience, this course won’t disappoint you. The day I was there Ged was as welcoming as ever with freshly brewed coffee and his legendary flapjack ready and waiting for us all. You can get a feel for what’s coming just by walking through his own cleft-ash gateway and then sitting in his hand-built kitchen. Evidence of wood crafting is everywhere.
The gate course involves extensive use of the shave horse and draw knife which, especially if it’s a sunny day, is a wonderful experience. The smell of the ash bark and green wood as it peels away under the knife will linger in your memory for days afterwards.
Ged is an excellent tutor and will coach you to work with the wood to shape it into the components of the gate. I was utterly delighted with the result and inspired to take further courses with Ged to learn even more.

Response from Gedwood:

Hi Tony,
Thats very kind of you to say. Glad you enjoyed the weekend and are pleased with your ash gate!

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