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Green woodworking at Coppicewood College

Green woodworking at Coppicewood College

About the Course

A green wood craft course that will take you step by step through the process of using green wood to create a beautiful stool to take away with you.

The course is appropriate for complete beginners but will also suit those looking to progress their skills. The course will cover many aspects of greenwood working including, the properties of greenwood, cleaving logs, axe work, use of shave horse and drawknife and accurate drilling with a barrel eye auger as well as turning the legs on a pole lathe. At the end of the course you should not only have a beautiful and unique stool but all the base skills necessary to continue your own journey in greenwood craft.

This is a craft course which demonstrates how to use green wood rather than timber bought from the sawmill. You will learn how to split and shape green wood using hand tools, a cleaving break and a shave horse.

The understanding of the basic skills can then lead to simple furniture making or producing your own gate or carving a spoon. The mysteries of traditional craft work can be revealed in this course.

The course takes place in our own woodland which is situated close to the village of Cilgerran, near Cardigan. Cwm Plysgog Wood, Cilgerran, West Wales lies two miles west of Cardigan and is the home of Coppicewood College, a small educational charity dedicated to the promotion of traditional woodland management through coppicing and the use of hand tools.

The wood covers 17 acres, the majority of which is mixed broadleaf. This once neglected area is now being regenerated as part of a woodland management plan. Visitors often remark about the pleasant and relaxing atmosphere as students and volunteers go about their business. We put this down to the absence of noise pollution, usually caused by modern machinery, which in turn, encourages people to interact with each other as they work.
There is also plenty of indoor work space should there be inclement weather.

This course is suitable for all levels from complete beginners to fully experienced crafters. We have 3 skilled experienced instructors who will ensure that every student gets full value from their 4 days with us. All participants will complete their own stool to take home.

There are some lovely nearby places to stay, b&bs or camping, please contact us if you would like to us to recommend some accommodation.

A £40 deposit is required at the point of booking please.

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?

Participants should ensure that they bring sturdy boots, warm outdoor clothing, your own food and loads of enthusiasm.
All tools will be provided.
Tea, coffee and boiled water supplied.

You will leave with your own beautiful and unique stool.


Bruce Slark at Coppicewood College
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4 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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In-person course
- - #21173

Totally recommend this course to anyone with an interest in green woodworking. Aside from the best setting to work in you can imagine and the great tutors, the course managed to to cram in teaching a good number of principles and techniques in a comparatively short time. I chose to make a shave-horse and learned how to split large logs, shape with an axe, drill with an auger, carve joints of various shapes and even fitted in some pole-lathe work! An awesome few days that now has me back at home, running around antique shops for restorable tools and eyeing up my local patch of woodland...

In-person course
- - #14749

An excellent course, highly recommended for all those interested in green wood working. I managed to make a wide variety of objects (a stool, potato mashers, a rolling pin, several spoons and half a bowl) over the four days and was ablely supported and enthused throughout by Nick, Dave and Claire. I made good use of the wide variety of pole lathes, shave horses and other devices throughout and had a vast array of tools to experiment with. To say I learned a great deal is an understatement.

I partook in this as part of the 6 month woodland skills course also offered by Coppicewood College. If you're looking to gain experience in the whole range of coppicing skills and related crafts then I don't think there's a better course than this!

In-person course
- - #5117

The surroundings, pace, instruction and tutoring of the greenwood course were all excellent and I would recommend it to anybody interested in getting back to basics. " It will be fine"

In-person course
- - #4944

I had a wonderful time on the course . The tutors and their teaching , encouragement and knowledge is something to behold . What a great bunch of folk and experience , thank you .
I came to be on it through the 6 month woodland management course run at Coppice College which is also highly recommended .

In-person course
- - #4844

This course was absolutely brilliant - in fact, it was nothing short of life changing, and this isn't hyperbole! I had quite high expectations as I knew of some people who had been to the college before and had spoken highly of it, and I wasn't disappointed. The tutors are all highly skilled, knowledgeable and extremely lovely. The pace of the course was wonderful, the setting idyllic. It is a perfect course for starting out on the road to green woodworking. Don't dally, if you want to get into this craft you couldn't do better than study at Coppicewood College. Highly recommended.

In-person course
- - #4743

I came to the green woodworking course through the 6 month Coppicing course. My green woodwork project was tool handles. I had an old handle-less Yorkshire Billhook that I wanted to create a new handle for and an old handle-less drawknife too. These two combined, needed, cleaving work, Axe work, working with a Spokeshave, using a Pole Lathe and creating my own rivets to rivet the Yorkie handle on. All very useful skills and all a lot of fun to do. The instructors are wonderful people who have great passion for everything they teach and their enthusiasm spread to each and every one of us. They make you feel well looked after, well taught and I would recommend this course to anyone who enjoys being in woods and working with wood, and to anyone who thinks they might like it, you will!

In-person course
- - #4418

Had a brilliant time. Lovely surroundings, excellent teaching, nice group to share the experience with. I now feel confident to do simple things at home on my own despite being an absolute beginner.

In-person course
- - #395

Undertook this greenwood working course as part of Coppicewood's 6 month woodland management course. Both courses were excellent. The green woodwork course was taught by three skilled and passionate instructors who helped us to get grips with a variety of skills from pole lathing to axe work.

The 6 month woodland management course is a life changer. Check it out.

In-person course
- - #393

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