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Introduction to green wood craft - a three day course

Introduction to green wood craft - a three day course

Duration: Three days (9:30am-4:00pm)

Price: £265

Contact: Niki and Rachel at Ecclesall Woods Craft Courses

J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre
Ecclesall Woods
Abbey Lane, Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S7 2QZ
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Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.

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

About the Course

Introduction to Green wood Craft - a weekend course

A 3 day course to introduce you to green wood craft, using a pole lathe, basic craft tools and making simple rustic furniture.
Over the course, you will cover the following:

Be introduced to basic woodland management and spend part of the first day in the woodland learning how to fell and coppice small trees for greenwood craft and consider different types of native timbers [wood] and what you can make from it.
Be introduced to the various types of tools used in Greenwood Craft, such as a drawknife, axe, froe and carving knife and how to use them safely and effectively.
Learn the art of 'Cleaving’ which is splitting down wood into workable sections.
Use of Cleaving breaks and shaving horses. What they are and how they can be of use.
Preparing to make a 'Rustic Garden Stool' having mastered the various equipment & tools used in greenwood craft.
There may also be time to create a simple spatula or other carved item or have a go at pole lathing depending on time.

Your objective will be to make a 'Jointed' Rustic Stool using greenwood working techniques. What is green wood? Green Wood is freshly felled, still sappy wood. To work it requires a set of simple techniques based on an understanding of how wood reacts - both to the tools, and to the dry and shrinking process. Because it is green, the wood is soft and easy to work with hand tools, and because of this, green woodwork creates little waste, and can utilise small trees and logs. It is therefore green in all senses of the word. Rustic stools are made from cleft timber which is worked and shaped with axes and a drawknife. This makes a very simple stool, and is a great course to develop your greenwood craft skills, either as a hobby, or the first steps on a new craft career!

Arrive: 15 minutes prior to a 9:30am start
Depart: 4pm, although this is approximate.
Directions: Please look at the map featured on the website.
What to bring: warm work clothes, pen and notebook, packed lunch
Let us know: if you have any special needs.
Refundable up to two weeks prior to course (minus £30 admin fee)
No refunds for cancellations within two weeks of course

Please let us know if you have any specific requirements or needs. Please email for T&C'S. All courses are for 18 years and above.

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 and tool use are provided for you on the day.
Refreshments and biscuits throughout the course.
Please bring a packed lunch, notebook and pen. PPE is available where applicable.
Cafe on site doing light lunches Thursday-Sunday.

All green woodworking courses are based outside. Most other courses inside based but bring clothing/footwear/sunscreen etc. suitable to working outdoors in the season you attend.


*Due to Covid-19 we have taken the unfortunate decision to suspend some of our courses. As the situation changes we will suspend / re-introduce courses as applicable.

Anyone currently booked onto a course in March or April which we are re-scheduling will have priority booking on a re-arranged course or be issued with a 12 month voucher.

At present we are still taking bookings for courses later in the year and our June-Dec programme will be online shortly. Any questions related to courses please contact us.

Please note we are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our phone system and cannot accept any incoming calls- for assistance please message us using the 'Contact' link above.



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I rarely write reviews, but this course was really great (attended in Feb 2020). The combination of spending a day in the woods bringing some trees back under coppice management, plus creating a stool from the wood that would be produced, gave a real breadth to the topic. Dave and the volunteers were all really supportive and lovely. I was an absolute beginner and feared some sexism, but there was none of that. They just patiently explained how to use a saw etc as though it's entirely normal to have never handled any tools. I really recommend this.

- - #29688

I had a wonderful time on the three day green wood working course. We were blessed by a beautiful first day which made spending time in the woodland even more special. The last day, we lit a fire to keep the chill off our hands. Lovely knowledgeable people, really inclusive and friendly atmosphere. Highly recommended for restbite, reguvination and sense of well being.

- - #21137

I have been on a few courses of this type but this was different, the people are very helpful and patient and I was really pleased with the items I bought away and the 3 days that I spent learning some new skills. I would highly recommend spending time with these people and I will be signing up for another course.
Many thanks to Dave and his Brilliant volunteers

- - #21131

The best fun I've had for ages. Dave and his team, Pete, Kay, Dave (#2) and Rachel were incredibly knowledgable, patient, friendly and keen to share their skills. The teapot was bottomless and the biscuit supply endless. Based in hundreds of acres of ancient woodland, the location is absolutely ideal with a cafe next door, easily accessible loos and plenty of cover if the weather should turn bad. We basked in early spring sunshine for three days and I was surprised at how quickly the time passed. We all went home clutching really useful items made using our newly-acquired skills. The course covers basic woodland management, safe tool handling and sharpening and a wealth of bodging skills. Whatever your current level of skill, I thoroughly recommend this course.

- - #21126

I attended this course last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact I came away with a strong desire to continue and have already downloaded plans to make my own shave horse !

Dave Jackson is a great tutor - extremely knowledgeable and very patient. I'd like to attend another of his courses in the future

- - #21122

I was on the early November course with Steve and agree with every word he wrote. An excellent introduction to the subject, real value for money and never a dull moment. It always came as a surprise when we had to finish for the day. Many thanks to Dave and the team, I've just got myself a Kent pattern axe like the one we used on day one. Great fun and you learn a lot. Cheers.

- - #18344

Attended this course at the beginning of November and I really enjoyed it. Dave is extremely knowledgable about his wood, his trees and the many woodworking skills and techniques to turn logs into useful items. Over the course of 3 days the four attendees made a large mallet from holly and ash; tea light holders; a spatula and a lovely rustic stool from oak, ash and hazel.
We had tuition in the use of many different tools, including the shave horse, draw knife and pole lathe. Dave and his volunteer helpers, Pete, Kay and Rachel, were warm, friendly and informative people, who kept us supplied with an abundance of tea and biscuits.

- - #18107

3 wonderful days. Dave and his team could not have done anymore to make this course perfect. There knowledge, skill levels, enthusiasm and encouragement were outstanding. A wide range of skills learnt, both from the woodland work and the workshop. Really chuffed with my stool and the mallet is something special. Thank you. Well worth the trip from Bristol. Sheffield has lots to offer and my wife thoroughly enjoyed her stay as well, lots of places to walk.

- - #11306

I was really impressed with the structure of the course and how it enabled Dave to share lots of knowledge and give us great amount of time to put that into practical use. He was able to train us through demonstration and through guiding us on our application of the skills learnt.
I was looking forward to making something but never expected to be able to make a stool that was solid and practical from the tree we chopped down on our first day. There was also plenty of other wood craft skills and woodland management skills to learn along with the stool making and Dave and his team were helpful and knowledgeable with all. There was also a sufficient supply of cups of tea too.

This was a really good course in a great location with a highly skilled leader, thanks for making it available for people to share.

- - #11209

I havd a great few days on the introduction to woodworking course. Dave Jackson gave us every opportunity to learn by doing. The group was able to spend time in the woods learning about tree species and coppicing. I was delighted with the stool I made and had a chance to learn about sharpening my tools. I came away inspired, and believing that I can make things out of wood and deepened my love of being in woodland. Thanks to Dave and the team!

- - #11080

This course was absolutely superb. I cannot think of a single criticism and now have my stool in pride of place in my living room.

David who ran the course was extremely knowledgeable and helpful and all the volunteers throughout the weekend were incredibly friendly and pleasant.

The venue itself was lovely the perfect setting for doing outdoor woodwork.

It would be nice to see additional woodland courses being offered at this centre such as felling and woodland maintenance as well as more types of greenwood working course. It these courses were on offer I would attend in a heart beat. I am already planning to book on another course as soon as time allows.

If you are thinking about booking this course stop thinking and start booking.

- - #1683

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