Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
This 4 day course runs twice per year.
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. There is plenty of indoor work space should in 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.
A £40 deposit is required at the point of booking please.
What's included in the price?
All courses start at 10.00am and finish at 4.00pm each day. 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.
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 .
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.
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!
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.
Had a really good experience. I made my very own shave horse to take home. I used Douglas Fir for the bench, Ash for the legs (3) and Willow and Ash for the vice. Chosen from the wood lying on the ground in the coppiced woodland acre just down the path. Personal instruction was at a pace that suites you. I used all the tools and aids provided and was amongst very good company.
It was quite cool but only really rained on the last day, but it did not matter as you keep very warm working the wood and you can be under cover when necassary. I loved the smell of the bark and the wood and the different colours, textures and grain of the chosen pieces. Apart from the muddy ground you were working in a very clean wholesome medium. It was 'good for the soul.'
I would like to make a pole lathe someday but can have a good go at a number of projects at home now on the smallholding - once I get some basic tools sorted.
Thankyou Coppice College and all the tutors for a most worthwhile course.
I now feel empowered!