About the Course
Join us for two days of woodland craft in the Malvern Hills. Leave work at lunchtime on Friday and escape to the woods with us for a weekend of making things from trees that you'll cut down yourself. This course is intended to be relaxing, fun and a chance to learn about green woodworking whilst immersed in nature. There will be time to swing lazily in a hammock and relax. If you've attended my evening classes you'll know to expect an informal but informative experience.
Green woodwork involves using freshly felled trees, in this state the wood is really easy to carve. The 14 acre ash woodland where the course is held is owned by friends of mine and the trees we cut down are part of their woodland management plan. We'll be camping at the top edge of the woodland and wake up to a breathtaking view of the Malvern Hills. Food will be provided by woodland owners Maureen and Charlie, and we'll fire up the pizza oven followed by a campfire on Saturday night.
What will I learn?
On the first morning you'll select and fell your own ash tree using an axe and saw. You'll then limb it with an axe and split it into workable pieces. Part of the tree will be used by you to make a few small projects, the rest will be used for other projects in the woodland. We will make a butter knife, spatula and spoon. I'll show you how to use the axe, knife and saw in combination to shape the wood. This includes different knife grips, how to sharpen the tools, designing pleasing shapes, how to work safely and how to make use of the properties of green wood. Green wood is beautifully soft and easy to carve.
Who is this suitable for?
The course is suitable for beginners and improvers, if you've never done any green woodwork before then this will be a great introduction. If you have done a little bit of carving then this is an opportunity to push your skills further. I'll provide all the tools you need, including a whittling knife that you can take home and keep. There is a maximum of eight people on each course.
What will I need to bring?
You'll need a tent, a good sleeping bag and a mat along with some clothes suitable for being outdoors. A simple kit list is provided on booking.This is a fully catered course so no need to worry about bringing food. You can bring your guitar, as long as you don't play 'wonderwall'!
Where is it?
The woodland is near the village of Welland, to the south of Great Malvern in Worcestershire. It lies at the foot of the Malvern Hills, which is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
If you're coming from London, trains with no changes depart hourly from London Paddington to Great Malvern and from there the woodland is a ten minute drive by taxi, or we can pick you up depending on timings.
If you prefer to drive, there is plenty of parking on the surfaced track at the entrance to the meadow, just below the wood.
You'll want to arrive by 10.30pm on Friday or before 9.30am on Saturday and depart after 2pm on Sunday.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All materials are included, and all the tools you will need.
A Swedish carving knife to take home.
Camping- but you'll need your own tent, sleeping bag and mat.
There is running water and compost loos on site, there are basic washing facilities but no showers.
One of the best weekends I have had for a while.
Fantastic time in a magical location where we all had the opportunity to socialize with a group of avid wood enthusiasts and of course learn the basic craft of green woodwork.
Tom’s know-how, expertise and teaching skill is beyond par, not to mention Ida’s spiritual and woodland education that together provided an holistic experience.
Food, which included 3 meals a day, far exceeded anyone’s expectations allowing some “glamping” notion to the experience.
Highly recommended for those who wish to get out of the rat race for a few days and gain some skills which can then be used anywhere.
Thank you Tom, Ida and the hospitality team.
David - - #17024
Absolutely amazing weekend, worth putting yourself in a group of strangers and totally immersing yourself in the experience.
The woods was beautiful. The camping spot was away from where we spend out time eating and chopping wood and carving. There was a teepee which was for breakfast and a general chillout area near where we camped.
Tom is very knowledgeable and patient, an all round great teacher and had clearly put a lot of time, effort and energy into making sure we had the best possible experience.
The food was phenomenal and in abundance, kindly prepared and brought to us by Tom's friends who own the woodland. 10/10 and highly recommended.
Jamie - - #16945
A wonderful weekend in the woods, characterized by the generosity of spirit of Tom and his crew. Technical know-how and equipment provision second-to-none, in a beautiful location, delivered in a way that enables you to access the spirit of the woodland crafts...
Andy Clarke - - #16897
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