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Hurdle making course

Traditional gate hurdles

Duration: Two days

Price: £190

Book with: Sarah Partridge
at Orchard Barn

Orchard Barn
Bildeston Road
Ringshall, Stowmarket
Suffolk
IP14 2LY

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About the Course

Use the green woodworking skills of riving (controlled splitting), hewing (shaping with an axe), shaving (with a drawknife) and greenwood joinery to make the parts of a modified Suffolk gate hurdle and fit them together. Once used for making temporary enclosures for sheep, these traditional hurdles have now been slimmed down and simplified, morphing into attractive trellises, plant supports and instant fences for the modern garden.

Your tutor is master bodger Will Wall. He has decades of experience of green woodwork and enjoys sharing these rural skills with both complete beginners and those with previous experience.

The teaching location is a 17th century timber frame barn and old orchard in mid Suffolk. The site is totally off-grid and previous students have enjoyed 'stepping back in time' with us as only traditional hand tools will be used for this course. The community run centre showcases a wealth of natural and traditional building materials that include a hand-cleft shingle roof and natural shaped elm rafters. Volunteers are happy to share their experience with you about low tech construction methods that include some of the greenwood working skills you will be learning on this course.

This 2-day course will teach you how to make a simple hurdle which you will be able to take home to use in your own garden. All tools and tuition will be provided, but bring your own tools if you have them. There will be a small extra charge for materials for any hurdles you take home. A warm welcome awaits you at Orchard Barn.

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What's included in the price?

Use of traditional carpentry tools.



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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Weekends

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