Come and spend a relaxing time in the woods learning new skills and meeting new folk the green wood way. Green woodworking is a traditional practice using fresh wood still full of sap allowing the tools to split,slice,shave and cleave through the wood with ease. We will use techniques that have been developed over hundreds of years, that are in harmony with the nature and qualities of the wood itself. No prior wood working experience is necessary, these courses are for all abilities.
On this course you will make a "Highland Stool". Set outside in a beautiful woodland workshop over-looking the river Findhorn in the Highlands of Scotland.
You will be guided through the process from log to finished stool using traditional hand tools and locally sourced hardwood.
Please note: The course price does not include your hardwood seat/top. You will get to choose from a selection and is payable on the day. Expect to pay between £10-£40.
Aaron Sterritt lives in the "Cairngorms National Park" and has been making handcrafted furniture for over 10 years. He has spent much of that time developing his craft using hand tools, creating a healthy work environment and using a sustainable style that has no need for heavy machinery.
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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?
Course's start at 10am and finish around 4pm each day.
All tools and materials provided.
Tea, Coffee and biscuits will be provided all day long but please bring your own lunch.
There is a variety of accommodation options nearby.
What a lovely way to spend a weekend! Logie Steading is such a tranquil location and this back to nature course using greenwood reflected the atmosphere. Easy going and calm instruction by Aaron who has such a passion for working with wood. I am a complete novice at furniture making and felt a great sense of achievement with my finished product. Real nice chatty company with laughs over tea and biscuits, the soup was out of this world!
One final afterthought ….this was the first time in years I haven't seen people stuck to their mobile phones ! An occasional photo or video and that was it. Great. Ladies and Gents you can escape social media for a few hours!!
A relaxed and productive weekend in a lovely location. Thoroughly enjoyed the process of making the stool, as well as spending time in some good company. Aaron clearly knows his stuff and has a passion for what he does, he also makes a good soup!
What a fantastic weekend in Aaron’s workshop learning the art of crafting a stool the traditional way. A very professional teacher, craftsman & host. I certainly learnt loads & plan to enjoy my new skills/knowledge. A great birthday gift! Once again, thanks Aaron.
I had a wonderful two days making a "Highland Stool" in the woods. The course is well structured and covers all the basic information and skills needed to start working with green wood on your own if you want to - but importantly, you go home with a cracking stool too! Adrian delivers the content in a relaxed manner which makes the whole experience easy. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to know about working with green wood or anyone who just wants to spend a relaxing few days in the woods. Very therapeutic.........
Definitely one of the most relaxing and informative course I have been on. Set in the woodlandss near Logie Steading, this is the perfect location to appreciate the qualities of working with green wood. At the end of the course everyone left smiling and proudly clutching their new creations. Aaron's relaxed and evolving style makes this course suitable for anyone, whether experienced in woodwork or an avsolute beginner
I was very lucky to receive a green woodworking course gift voucher to make a Highland Stool with Aaron Sterritt. Aaron is a very skilled young man who has set up this business where folk like me can come and have an enlightening experience, with very good tuition and the benefit of taking home something special that you have made yourself. The actual location within a wooded area in the Logie estate is enough to relax you and help you recognise the link between the environment and the challenge that awaits you. This is very far from making something already half prepared for you. You pick out your green wood which you chop into sizeable pieces that will form the legs of your stool. Each person has a shave horse on which you use the appropriate tools to shave down the legs till smooth and revealing all the glorious colours and natural contours of the wood. The legs are dried out overnight in the kiln ready to be attached to the seat, using different coloured wedges to secure the joint as well as making an attractive finish. There is a lot of shaving, sanding, drinking tea/coffee, chatting to and learning from the others on the course and of course Aaron. I would seriously recommend anyone with an affinity with wood or even to outdoors to consider doing one of Aaron’s courses. He even sends you the plans to make your own shave horse should you wish to do some green woodworking at home.
(Course 8th & 9th June)
What a great way to spend a weekend. Excellent and well delivered instruction, natural rural location, good company and a very therapeutic activity. What's more you get to leave with not only a new skill but also something you have made yourself and will likely be "Chuffed to bits" with.
After attending the one day “Half Log” stool course, I got a taste for green woodworking and without hesitation, signed up for the two-day Highland Stool course. I really enjoyed the two days working out in the woods with a friendly group of like-minded individuals. Aaron is a great tutor! I learned a range of techniques over the weekend! I am very proud of my stool! A terrific way to spend a weekend! Thank you!
I really enjoyed doing one of Aaron's green woodworking courses last weekend, building a stool. I found it to be a charmingly refreshing change to woodwork as I knew it - rather than striving for factory machine accuracy and working drawing precision, I was guided through working dynamically with the material, exploring its strengths and using the wood's unique features to my structural and aesthetic advantage.
I discovered more about the material character, by seeing it transform at every stage. Starting from a chunk of felled willow tree and turning it into a unique craft, I could feel the ownership and pride of what I was doing really come through.
Book a course now- you will not regret it! Thanks for a great weekend.
Quite possibly the most fun you can have with some wood !
Even better, you come away enthused, more knowledgeable, made new like minded friends and to cap all that, a new piece of furniture with a personal story behind it.
Just a great couple of days - honestly just book it. Thanks Aaron really enjoyed myself.
A truly fantastic experience...I’m a total novice in woodwork and by the end of this fabulous weekend had made the most beautiful stool...Aaron is a wonderful teacher; patient and very encouraging, instilling confidence...his weekend is really thoughtfully planned and organised whilst remaining flexible and relaxing...a total must...a beautiful part of Scotland, and the setup in the woods is just brilliant...we went as a group of friends and truly had an unforgettable time...home Sunday evening with stools our friends and family will be admiring for a long time. Great fun, filled with laughter, friendship, sunshine and new skills...need I say more! If in doubt, just go for it, you won’t regret this decision ever...I’m definitely returning for another course.
Shona (50 +)
This course was brilliant! I absolutely recommend it for a relaxing weekend in a beautiful location with a chance to get creative! You learn in a small group, so there is plenty of help available. I am so chuffed with my stool and can't stop admiring it! I have been showing it off to everyone! It is certainly something I would do again. Aaron is a thoroughly lovely young man.
Aaron's green woodworking weekend course was absolutely brilliant! Based in the stunning grounds of Logie Steading, the workshop is a total hub of creativity! Aaron made us so welcome and the weekend was really relaxed and fun. We were introduced to a range of woodworking techniques and tried our hand at a variety of woodworking processes. Aaron made it really accessible and enjoyable. We were so amazed and proud of our creations and are looking forward to taking part in another of Aaron's workshops in the future. After this weekend I'm totally hooked and was totally encouraged that woodwork is accessible and within my reach. I'm planning on getting some equipment and practicing at home this Spring. Thanks a million Aaron, see you again soon! Fiona & Iain
Really enjoyable course. A delightful day, Aaron is an excellent tutor with a very easy going manner, plenty of time for everyone. I had never done any woodwork before but Aaron steered me through all the processes and I am now the very proud owner of a woodland stool. I will be back for another course definitely. I would encourage anyone who wishes to do a bit of tradititional woodwork to give this a go its really fun and rewarding.
Arron's woodwork day course is a great day out learning how to make a greenwood stool. The day is really worth the time and money as not only do you learn some new skills but you also get to take home your days work and have the family marvel at your handiwork.
I would recommend this course to anyone whatever your age or experience. Arron's teaching style is relaxed and informal and packed full of woodcraft knowledge. Looking forward to booking up for a three day challenge when next available. Cheers Arron for a great day.
Great day with Aaron learning amazing ways to work with greenwood. Aaron has a relaxed style when instructing and demonstrating which makes learning a pleasurable experience. At the end I was the proud possessor of a stool which was immediately claimed by my son as being "fantastic".
Working with wood this way is almost therapeutic!!!!
Amazing course with Aaron! Great way to chill out and learn new skills. All the tools were top class and being shown how to use them properly was really useful. Fantastic experience and leaving with a product of your handywork leaves you with a amazing sense of achievement. A must do course!
What a fantastic day of woodwork with Aaron! I'm absolutely delighted with the amazing piece of beautiful furniture that is now my most precious possession in my home.
I never thought i'd be able to make something this good! Aaron looked after us all so well. His workshop is set amongst a stunning forest on the Logie estate. I learnt how to use all kinds of tools and techniques and can't wait to try something more ambitious.