On this course we will be focusing on axe skills and how axes are used in the context of bushcraft and green woodworking. First participants will learn how to use the axe to split and process wood for fire lighting. We will cover wood selection, axe safety and splitting techniques. After lunch we will be taking a closer look at carving axes and how they are used to craft tools and other useful items in the field. Participants will create their own mallet and wooden wedge, two essential wooden tools to accompany the axe for a wide range of tasks. To finish off the day we will have a go at splitting a large log into sections for craft products using the freshly carved mallets and wedges. This course will be held under a shelter but please come dressed for the weather as we will be outdoors for the whole day. No previous experience required.

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The skills we cover on this course: An introduction to axes, different types and uses Axe maintenance Safe handling and technique Principles of wood selection Using an axe to process and split firewood How to minimise impact on the environment Safe carving techniques How to carve a wooden mallet How to carve a wooden wedge How to use wooden mallets and wedges to process wood for crafts Hot drinks provided, please bring a packed lunch.


6 hours

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts



Manor Wood

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Manor Wood is an ancient woodland near Grafham, Cambridgeshire. We offer hands on courses and education sessions. We create a setting for all ages to connect with the natural world while managing the woodland for wildlife. Come and join us for a day playing in the woods.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
  • Stag dos
  • Hen dos
  • Father's Day
  • Accommodation offered
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Mother's Day
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Parking provided
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Manor Wood, Grafham Road, Grafham, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE280BB