Cleft ash gate making with Gedwood



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!

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

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

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Father's Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Mother's Day
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Pet lovers
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday


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

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In-person course
Brian Culbert - - #35195

Thoroughly enjoyed the gate making course lead by a great teacher. Learning new skills and techniques in a fab setting with encouragement from fellow students. A very uplifting experience that I highly recommend.

Response from Gedwood:

Thanks Brian. A great weekend of creativity and lively banter!

In-person course
Kevin Patterson - - #35186

A great 2 days trying something new, while being taught with a relaxed and patient approach by GED. As a complete novice, great to be able to walk away having completed a gate I am delighted with, met and enjoyed the company of some great people and learnt some skills I know will be helpful in the future.
Well worth attending.


Response from Gedwood:

Thanks Kevin. It was a great group to teach and great banter too!

In-person course
T Simpson - - #35185

Highly recommend the tutor, the setting, the tools provided and even some home baking. Inspired to do more green wood working as I now have more knowledge and confidence. Thanks Ged!!!

Response from Gedwood:

..always a pleasure Thys. A fine gate you can proudly display!

In-person course
Tom Moon - - #33720

Great course, really enjoyed my weekend and came away with a lovely gate - check out pics here;

Response from Gedwood:

Hi Tom,
Glad you enjoyed the course, was a great weekend.

In-person course
Eileen - - #33567

I’m amazed as a complete novice with Ged’s guidance and patience I managed to produce a sturdy functional gate. It was a fun weekend, the open air workshop plenty big enough for four participants.

Response from Gedwood:

It was a good workshop Eileen. A gate to turn your neighbors heads!

In-person course
David - - #31151

Thanks Ged for a great weekend, learned lots of new skills and my gate will look great when it is ready to fit. One other thing,rain didnae dampen our spirits and the crack was brilliant.

Response from Gedwood:

Thanks David. Yes it was a challenging workshop with the weather! - but the conversation certainly helped us all along.

In-person course
Peter MacDonald - - #31110

Despite the rain, the workshop was fantastic, the workshop area was well set out and we had plenty of space to work. All the tools were clean and sharp and the instruction from Ged was good.
There were 4 on the course and the space was fine. The setting for the workshop is great ,the location is easy to get to. with the aid of Geds information he sends out. Look forward to returning for another workshop and to invite Ged to the opening of the gate.

Response from Gedwood:

Thanks for that Peter. Look forward to the gate launch😊

In-person course
Eleanor - - #31062

A lovely weekend. I really enjoyed it. It was very nice to learn some of the basics of working with greenwood and to get a completed gate at the end. The workshop space was a really nice environment despite the almost constant rain over the weekend.

Response from Gedwood:

Glad you enjoyed it Eleanor and your all dried out now!😊

In-person course
Tony T - - #30585

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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