This is an opportunity to explore and engage with nature in a new and creative way.
This is a full day’s session for absolute beginners to explore techniques and tools involved in working with fresh ‘green wood’, supporting our wellbeing.
We explore many aspects of woodland crafts, working at a gentle and respectful pace.
We will be making fires, sawing and splitting wood, carving with an axe and working safely with a carving knife and a crook knife.
All within a supportive environment, working at your own pace.
The session will start with a meditation that will help settle our attention and connect us to our surroundings, exploring the subtle aspects of this world.
As we immerse ourselves in nature and ancient crafts, we honour and improve our health and wellbeing.
This session runs throughout the year and is held outdoors. Warm comfortable weather-proof clothing is essential.
Please bring a packed lunch and a flask.
Animal Days Out
Poets Corner, Keats Road, Welling DA16 3NB
Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.
All materials and tools are provided.
Warm comfortable weather-proof clothing is essential.
Please bring a packed lunch and a flask.
Composting toilet facilities are available on site.
Free on-site parking.
This craft course provider has been awarded Platinum status for receiving 50 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.
7 hours (10:00am to 5:00pm)
I booked the wood carving for my boyfriend and I, as it is something he has always wanted to try.
The experience was great and it was nice to take a day out of London to be surrounded by nature. We all chose a big piece of green wood and had the opportunity to create whatever we wanted using all of the tools available. There were two knowledgable guys walking around to help with anything and they were both very friendly so I didn't mind asking 'stupid' questions.
One thing to be aware of is there isn't much structure to the day, which I think suits people who are a bit more experienced and want to spend hours carving their own project. Because I've never done wood carving before I would have preferred some structured 'how to' sections to the day for people wanting to learn the basics. It's quite pricey so it would be nice to walk away having learnt different techniques.
All in all it was great and I recommend!
I was gifted a voucher for the sculptural green wood carving for my 40th birthday, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
As a hobbyist woodworker, I'm normally striving for straightness, squareness and precision. Green wood carving is more abstract yet more forgiving, allowing a more flexible and intuitive approach to creativity. There is great satisfaction in chipping away at the work-piece and seeing the shape slowly emerge and evolve.
The day itself was relaxed and friendly, with a wide variety of people - individuals, couples and families - sharing the experience, with a roaring campfire nearby and a plentiful supply of tea.
We also had the opportunity to help plant a new crop of willows to help improve and develop the site.
I attended one of Stephen's spoon carving courses under a parachute canopy in the woods last Saturday. Having done some spoon carving at home, the session was for me an opportunity to pick up some hints and thoughts while enjoying the experience of working in the open air with like minded people. It certainly ticked those boxes plus will shift my approach to carving in a holistic way. I also enjoyed the added benefit of Stephens insight into other forms of carving to boot which may well lead to other things for me. Excellent!
To start, this was something I had no experience in and had only really wanted to see what it was about and get an idea as to what was involved.
Steven the lovely gentleman who runs it was so welcoming from start to finish. He is so knowledgeable and you can tell this is his passion and he loves to do it.
He explains the processes and how everything works, he shows the techniques and helps you understand how and why we work with the wood the way we do, from everything of what to do, to what not to do.
It's so interesting and gives you a real insight into sculpting wood and the different types of wood you can work with after. It gets down to the bones of a lost art form and its great for any beginners.
Jake who also helps out is on hand to help understand and tackle any tricky bits, he really helped me develop my technique.
All in all I came away with something that resembled a spoon, learnt how to use all the tools and for the price it's a fantastic day out and something out of the ordinary to go and try! Both guys are really interesting to talk to in general and I had a good laugh with them which is always important they are tentative and are soooo helpful too! Go down and see them both!