Introduction to green wood furniture making
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About the Course
A two day course learning the skills and techniques of green woodworking, with an emphasis on contemporary design and detailing. Maximum of 6 students.
You will make either a low stool or a side table using a variety of edge tools. Starting with a fresh cut log you will learn how to cleave the wood with a froe and wedges, then shape it on the shaving horse with drawknife and spokeshave. Joints used will be through-wedged-tenons. Use of contrasting timbers, and sculpted free-form table tops or seats are all available options, depending on your skill level and confidence. All timber supplied on this course is locally sourced. This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate learners of green woodwork.
Peter Lanyon lives on the edge of Dartmoor and runs course from various venues including his workshop on the beautiful South Devon coast. He has been making furniture for over 20 years in hardwoods, softwoods and reclaimed woods. Peter specialises in working with coppice wood i.e. freshly cut unseasoned 'green' wood to make contemporary, high quality bespoke furniture.
Peter works mainly with locally grown hardwoods and has a good supply of unseasoned "green" wood from friendly tree surgeons and woodland owners. Having trained trained as a fine furniture and cabinet maker at Rycotewood college, Peter subsequently gained an MA (with distinction) in Furniture Design and Technology from Bucks. Peter's work and teaching reflect the need to create a healthy relationship with the environment we are a part of. Peter's ongoing work explores the use of locally grown and sustainably harvested coppice and green woods, combining these with other materials to create contemporary furniture from what is considered a traditional craft. Coppicing maintains the root system of the tree, allowing it to regenerate quickly, and encourages proper woodland biodiversity.
Teaching green wood furniture making has long been an important part of Peter's life, he regularly teaches green woodwork to children and it is a delight to see their excitement at splitting a log and creating something beautiful.
To enquire about the next available dates for this two day Greenwood Furniture Making course, please contact us using the buttons above.
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What's included in the price?
Tea, coffee and biscuits available. Bring your own lunch - microwave, toaster available. The workshop is situated in a very beautiful valley in the South Hams. The sea is about 10 minutes walk from the workshop. There are great places to stay, including some very lovely self-catering cottage accommodation within 5 minutes walk.
There is usually a small charge of around £10 to £20 for board material i.e. seats or table tops. You are welcome to bring your own materials if you have them, please call me to discuss suitability.
I was brought this as a gift which I thought was a joke as my past woodwork experience has left me with nothing more than a big pile of shavings . However, The whole experience was excellent and I really enjoyed myself. I surprised myself and my family when I returned home with a piece of furniture ( a table) which my wife wants to keep in the house :) . On the course we went from tree stumps to some amazing furniture within just two days and the techniques we learnt will allow everyone of us to do this in my leisure time at home . The whole group produced some fantastic work and the relaxed atmosphere meant everyone got on and pulled together . Overall it was a great experience and Peter and Joe looked after us all brilliantly . So no matter what your skill level I recommend this as a course for you and/or your loved ones .
steven beck - - #17402
I had a simply wonderful 2 days learning new skills, I will cherish this experience for a long time and have a stool to remind me.
Tim Wilson - - #17364
When I had a visit to England approaching I decided to look for a green wood furniture making course. I looked online and found Peter's course of two days as an introduction. I was not disappointed. The course structure was great for me as I had little experience in this craft. Peter was a wonderful tutor and was always on hand for advice. There was never an issue with the tools and I was introduced to new tools and their use. With fine weather on the first day we were able to work outside in a lovely Devon environment in the country. The second day was mostly indoors in a large well equiped workshop. How nice it was to be able to complete the project and have something to take home with me at the end of the course.
John Forster - - #17003
The "Introduction to Green Woodworking" course did not disappoint. Peter's blend of hands on teaching with quiet encouragement made the weekend both rewarding and relaxing at the same time. What I liked particularly was the freedom to follow one's own ideas (within the time constraints) and the ability to choose the materials to suit. I made a coffee table out of a beautiful piece of elm with ash legs. I have years of experience working with wood at home and as a recently retired DT teacher, but I was still able to learn a lot from the course. Peter's obvious love for the materials and processes used shines through. The processes are a joy - as someone said on the course, "the travishing is ravishing". I was truly sad to end the weekend in the beautiful setting of the Devon Green Woodworking centre. It was well worth the trip from Cheshire and I'm sorely tempted to return for another longer course.
Gary Spruce - - #15271
I can’t imagine Peter ever getting less than 5 stars - both he and the course are an absolute treasure!! His direct and gracious teaching style are inspirational and confidence-building and even total novices were soon sharing opinions and ideas. I came away mesmerised with his real understanding of the properties of natural material and how well designed tools can treat it so sympathetically. And, of course, what a great way to meet other people!! The humour, support and cooperation within the group was lovely although there was so much going on you could just keep your head down and get on with it if you wanted. I’m gonna do more!!
Irvin Allen - - #15266
Great course; and thoroughly recommend the nearby cottages with woodburning hot tubs!!
Thomas Jones - - #13682
An excellent 2 days. I came away with a lot more knowledge than I arrived with and a 3 legged stool which is great to look at and completely practical to use. The teaching and the workshop tools were excellent.
Jean Harris - - #13442
This was a fantastic expirience and one I'd highly recommend. It was a real pleasure to spend a weekend learning from a true craftsman, and I have come away with a host of new skills, a beautiful table and some fantastic memories. Looking forward to booking my next course with Peter soon.
Luke Sutton - - #12796
Brilliant weekend learning craftsmanship skills, building green wood furniture with hand tools. A holiday for busy minds to drop all distractions and focus on a physical and creative activity.
Excellent, clear tuition, accessible to all. Highly recommend.
Gray - - #12780
Can’t thank Peter and David enough for an amazing introduction to Green Woodworking. Never in my wildest dreams did I really believe we would all be returning with 8 much loved and admired pieces of furniture but thanks to Peter’s patience and excellent teaching methods that’s exactly what happened. We all stayed at the lovely Corner Cottage, just a few yards away from the workshop, and had a weekend to remember. Can’t speak more highly of the course and am now wondering when I could squeeze in one of the five day courses!
Linda Wright - - #12672
As complete and utter novices with all things DIY we were a little nervous when we gamely agreed to attend Peter's two day course with a groups of friends. We needn't have feared; both Peter and Dave were unbelievable patient and caring - helping every step of the way and never once deeming a question too silly or irrelevent. We have had a fabulous weekend, full of laughter, fun and even learning a new skill. We would highly recommend the course and we are now the proud owners of two lovely walnut and birch footstools.
Sue Vincent - - #12664
We went on a two day course with friends. A lovely way to learn a new skill, have some fun, relax and forget about the stresses of everyday life and spend time with friends. The course was very well run, in a friendly and informal way. Peter and David got the right balance between instruction and letting us have a go, and we all came home with furniture that we love and are proud of. Full of enthusiasm for our new skills and we would definitely recommend the course to anyone.
Jo Dickens - - #12662
A wonderful trip through the medium of green wood furniture making.
There seems to be a lot to do in two days but with Peter's constant support and step by step explanation of the tools and processes, we all completed the course with finished pieces of furniture to be proud of. I must do another course, I'm sure that I could do better next time !
Paul Burry - - #12503
We did the introduction to green wood furniture making with Peter this weekend and we would highly recommend it. A great introduction, beautiful location and Peter is a fantastic and really friendly teacher. We have both come away with pieces of furniture we are proud of. Thank you Peter!
Rosie Oldham-Cooper - - #12466
Great course with a laid back but informative teaching style and a well paced step my step journey through all the processes involved. Highly recommended.
RIch Mears - - #12460
Really really good couple of days with Peter. Proper hands on course. No classroom stuff just a great style of teaching through years of experience. Peter puts you at ease with the tools and the processes from the word go. I now have a coffee table I'm extremely proud of.
Enjoyed it so much I've just booked another course!
Simon Aston - - #11880
I went on the introduction to greenwood course to make a small side table after my partner had been on several of Peters other courses and I have to say I absolutely loved it! Peter has a very calm way of teaching and really helps you to understand the wood, the tools and the way to form your idea into the material. From choosing your own raw, untreated, natural wood, to shaping and shaving the legs and tops, each stage brought new challenges, which Peter encourages you to find your own way to work around them (like when I cut into a leg too much!) I have no previous experience with woodwork and really enjoyed the hands on experience of creating my very own, totally unique piece of furniture, which I shall cherish for years! Although a fairly fast paced course (certainly don't think that you are in for a relaxing weekend!) no one was left behind and we all made beautiful items.
I will most certainly be attending other courses in the future and I highly recommend Peter Lanyon for his beautiful creations.
Louise Fisher - - #11829
I really loved this course - and so did my husband who also attended. By the end of the weekend we had each produced a small table/bench of which we both feel really proud - and amazed also! I had no prior experience of woodworking but Peter has all the tools and shows you how to use them with patience and expertise. My favourite part was sitting outside fashioning legs for my table using the draw horse and draw knife. You can choose what sort of legs you want and what sort of top and Peter will offer advice so you end up with what you want. Everyone on the course produced their own unique piece - and they all looked great! I am pretty sure we will be back for another course.
Lindsay Burstall - - #11823
Very helpful, very imformative course in a relaxed atmosphere. Would really recommend this course.
SCOTT ANTHONY - - #11388
A thoroughly enjoyable and instructive course and a bargain at the price. It has inspired me to make more green wood pieces at home and I'm very tempted to try the table course. Peter is a refreshing instructor with many years of experience to draw on. Beware, it's rather addictive and you'll find yourself perusing tool catalogues before you know.
Tracey - - #11281
Very enjoyable and instructive course with Peter who was well supported by apprentice Joe. Went through the whole process of making a stool / small table from start to finish in a beautiful setting in Devon using lots of tools and techniques and different sorts of wood. I had not done this sort of thing before but Peter gave me confidence from the very start that all would turn out well. The other nice aspect of the course was how everyone was happy to help each other out and there was a very friendly and supportive atmosphere throughout. Heartily recommended for a very enjoyable and fulfilling weekend
Matt Cranitch - - #10957
Peter is personable and liberating in his teaching, the facilities are good and the group on the whole were lovely. Definitely considering furthering my green wood work skills here. My bench isn't half bad either.
Mark - - #10956
Peter's "Introduction to green woodworking" weekend proved to be a joy to attend. I had no experience with green wood but was amazed at how easily it was to control a draw knife and shape the legs for my small table. Peters quiet authority, experience and good humour all helped to make the weekend enjoyable and a genuine pleasure. I would recommend the course if you want to find out what it feels like to make something beautiful with your own hands, even if you have little if any woodworking experience. Thanks again Peter for a great weekend.
Tony Baker - - #10899
I had a fantastic weekend on the Introduction to Green Woodwork course. Peter guided us through the process of crafting our own stools in a relaxed and open, yet attentive and thorough way, which I felt empowered us to get the most from the experience. I felt really lucky to learn from someone with such impressive talent and many years of experience in working with wood. The knowledge and skills given on this course are so valuable, I came away really happy, and with inspiration and practical foundations to continue!
Esme North - - #10881
Peter Lanyon's "Introduction To Green Woodworking" course gives a great all round experience of using traditional hand tools, specialist furniture making tools and power tools to create a unique table or stool. There were 7 people on the course and it was really interesting to see people working with chestnut, sycamore, oak and cherry. They all turned out different. Peter takes you through everything step by step. It was great to split the green wood logs; shave the legs with their unique curves and knots; pick a dusty plank and see it transformed into a beautiful table top; and overcome my apprehension and fear of power tools. I made a beautiful side table and loved being in the workshop and spending the weekend by the sea. It was a fabulous weekend and I'm so pleased with my table. Thank you
Joanna Hill - - #10796
The Introduction to Greenwood Working course has been a fantastic experience. I have always wanted to learn how to work a piece of wood using traditional tools and methods, as opposed to the usual mundane sawing-planks-for-DIY uses. Peter and Cath were the very model of patience and gentle instruction as I slowly turned an oak log into hewn wood pieces into legs for a stool. At each step they gave me insightful tips and ideas about how I could work the wood I had chosen and kept me well clear of 'rookie' mistakes that would have no doubt ruined a whole days' work! I came away with a stool that I am sincerely proud of, some new friends and a renewed interest in traditional woodworking. I cannot recommend this course highly enough.
Ian Norton - - #10361
What a joy! Peter's Introduction to Greenwood course has to be the best weekend i've had all year. Peter is diligent and extremely experienced in his craft and has a lovely approach to teaching the various skills you learn throughout the two days. He guides and advises at a steady step by step pace to both the group and as individuals, helping you realise your own design. I'm certainly looking at dates for the chair making course. A charming location, weekend and tutor. Well recommended!!
Oliver Murphy - - #10223
My best weekend in years! I never thought I could do it but turns out I could - thanks to skilled and patient teaching from Pete and apprentice Joe, and the friendly support of a lovely bunch of fellow learners. Pete doesn't do it for you, and I admit to the occasional weak moment where I wished he would; instead he conveys calm confidence that you will 'get it' and so of course you do - and that makes you doubly proud of the finished product. I'm so chuffed with my stool - not without it's 'quirky' features but completely functional and gorgeous - and am seriously wondering what to make next. Thank you to everyone who made it such a great couple of days.
Tamsin - - #9912
Really enjoyed my first woodworking experience since school(30 years ago). Even a novice like me came away from this two day course with a fully functioning side table. Pete and Joe were very chilled and patient instructors in a beautiful idyllic setting of Lambside Farm. Also met a great group of people in the process. Saving up for my next course, cant wait to continue improving and building my skills.
Darren Barlow - - #9844
This course is really enjoyable and I would highly recommend it.
Everybody was friendly and willing to help one another and we all came away with something to show for our efforts, thanks to Peter and Jav's very patient support and kindness. It was a fun and enlightening weekend as an introduction to green wood furniture making and I would happily learn more!
Gerry Prior - - #9561
More than learning to work with wood.
For me, this course was an enjoyable, relaxing, almost therapeutic couple of days. Thanks to Peter and Jav; learning while doing is what it is all about. A very small, yet vital amount of time is taken up by excellent formal instruction from your two instructors while for every other moment you are encouraged to get hands-on with your log of choice.. and drink copious amounts of tea. P & J are both very kind, friendly and relaxed and possess the knowledge to answer any question - wood or life related.
I would recommend this course to those who enjoy the simpler things in life and wood enthusiasts alike.
I hope to be back very soon.
Jack Slater - - #9555
Great course, but does not make me want to quit my day job and work with green wood all the time! Peter and Jav were so patient, knowledge the everyone created their own wonderful pieces in only two days. Incredible when you think what it started like. This course is great for anyone interested in working with wood or their hands, you don't need to be a expert, with the right tools and instruction you'll see anything is possible. Thank you Peter, I look forward to seeing you again soon on a future course to further develop my skills.
Simon Wilkins - - #8968
I bought this course as a Christmas present for my husband, Paul. I rang Peter to chat about the course before booking and he was friendly and helpful. Paul loved his present and couldn't wait for the weekend of the course to arrive. He was not disappointed and had a wonderful time with his fellow course-mates and is so proud of the stool he made!
Gail Bowen-Huggett - - #8870
Had a wonderful 2 days last weekend. Great location and workshop and fantastic tuition from Peter and Jav! We had a really friendly group and thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone and making our stool and table! Totally amazed at what we made and so so pleased with them! Would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone else, we were complete novices and received very patient instruction and help! Our stool and table are our pride and joy and we would definitely return to do the course again! Thank you Peter so much for an absolutely fab weekend. Cath and Harry
Cath and Harry Winser - - #8754
I really enjoyed my time on the course. Peter is a really friendly and helpful chap, he also knows his stuff and is very talented and passionate about his craft. All the other people on the course were great! I'm super proud of my stool and look forward to using my new skills to make more. Thank you Peter!
Chris Matthews - - #8715
An excellent course suitable for even complete novices. Come away after two days with a stool or side table you will be proud of for the rest of your life. Very happy we decided to come on this course and would recommend it to anyone who wanted to have a go at some woodwork.
Nik and Sheila - - #8706
What a brilliant weekend, couldn't have asked for more patient or entertaining instructors with such a clear passion for what they do!
Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to have a go like me, or with skills to polish.
Thanks Peter, my stool has pride of place in the living room
Abi - - #8470
I can't recommend this course enough. Pete is a lovely bloke with a passion for what he teaches, in an informative, but very relaxed manner. If working with wood is your passion, or something that you would just like to have a go at, then this course is for you. To create a lovely piece of furniture from a log and a rough sawn hardwood board, was more than I had expected. We started by sawing the log with a 2 person pull saw, and then splitting the log using traditional methods. The split log is then axe shaped into rough legs, which are then shaped on a draw horse and draw plain. Sitting on a draw horse, outside on a lovely morning , with the beautiful scenery around was a tonic for the soul. The legs are then finished with a spoke shave, and tenons are machined onto the ends. The top is free formed from sawn timber, and planned and shaped by hand (There's no sandpaper allowed on this course). Finally the legs are attached the top, and after final finishing, we were all left with a piece of furniture we were proud of. If you are thinking of this course, you will not be disappointed. On my particular course the other student were a great bunch that made the weekend even better.
David Howells - - #8368
Amazing!! Absolutely loved this course. Peter is a fantastic teacher and I would highly recommend this course. I had never worked with wood nor the tools we used yet by the end of the weekend I came home with a beautiful bedside table and an overwhelmingly sense of achievement. Great location, really well structured course, thank you Peter!
Hannah Brocklesby - - #8287
I have had a little bit of wood work experience before but nothing with green wood. Peter was always helpful and patient with what must have been silly questions from me. I really enjoyed the weekend, it was one of the most rewarding ways to spend 2 days. I came away having had a whole load of fun and with a really nice product to show off to my friends. Most of all I find working with wood incredibly relaxing. 5 Stars.
Nick Stops - - #8118
Fantastic weekend. Pete and Jarv were hugely knowledgeable and very entertaining. I met some great people and enjoyed the work. Pete had a knack at entertaining and teaching the group and the individual to cater for differing levels of ability and previous wood work experience. Thanks Pete for a great weekend!
Peter Abernethy - - #8040
I arrived in some trepidation, not really believing I had it in me to sufficiently master the tools and techniques required to come away with something of which I could be proud.....but I was proved totally wrong and it is a tribute to Peter's teaching skills and the careful structure of the course that the outcome for all attending was such a great success. Both Peter and his trusty assistant, Jav (sp?) exercised great patience and good humour, balancing helpful interventions whilst encouraging autonomy - their graceful use of the different tools that shaped our work was such a contrast to my own clumsy attempts, but they never cast a value judgement upon that, which was what helped to make the course such an enriching experience in so many ways. My husband and I returned home with a stool and small table respectively and even our teenagers let slip some admiration for our efforts.
Georgie Oldroyde - - #7602
This course was a birthday present from my family. This is my excuse for not looking at course information in any detail before the weekend and why I had little idea of what to expect. I therefore went with the flow, perhaps taking on a more ambitious project than I might otherwise have done - to be fair Peter gave me some early hints that I would have my work cut out. However Peter breaks down the process into clear steps, demonstrating one technique at a time...just as you feel you have mastered one, he moves you on to the next....and the next...a real organic experience! There is plenty of supervision and reassurance, interspersed by drinks, biscuits and mid afternoon cake to boost flagging limbs. It is hard and challenging but the reward of almost professional items of furniture is massive....everyone walked away proud if not a little smug. My wife's reaction was WOW! Then again she did very well - sent me away for 2 days to make her a bench ...and it was my present!
Nick White - - #7560
Went to build skills not a stool or low table and was not disappointed. Wood is lovely tactile material to work with given the right tools and skills. The course provides excellent opportunity to learn some of those skills and understand and use many of the tools, while many require a "knack" Peter and J provided right input at the right time! The course is hopefully a beginning, at least have ordered some of the tools!! Highly recommended.
Phil Millichap - - #6727
What a great way to spend a weekend. Really marvelous to see something created from a block of wood into a functioning piece of furniture. Peter and J showed huge patience and willingness to help when questions were asked and I couldn't have asked for better or more friendly instruction. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this course to anyone. Top marks!
Colleen - - #6725
I really enjoyed this course. It was action-packed and full-on. The equipment was well maintained and plentiful and the tuition excellent. I came away with a gorgeous little table of which I am very proud. I would recommend the course to anyone who is interested in green woodworking and wants to spend a few days learning new skills, with a knowledgable teacher in a relaxed environment. Thank you, Peter
Lou - - #6626
This course was absolutely fantastic. I learnt heaps over the two days and left with a beautiful side table/stool. The teaching was excellent with the right amount of direction and guidance and a really friendly atmosphere. I'll certainly be keeping my eyes on Peter's other courses in the future. Thanks for such a brilliant course.
Mark - - #6217
An excellent course - fully meeting my expectations: everything you need to know from taking a freshly felled piece of timber, wood selection, tool use, processing, shaping, fitting and finishing it into a respectable piece of green wood furniture. Patient, friendly instruction. Highly recommended.
Richard Curzon - - #6175
What a brilliant course, any one with the slightest interest in wood would love this! and the great thing is that you get to take something home that you have hand made from a branch and slab of wood. Peter was a great instructor, had everyone feeling relaxed from the off with his laid back attitude but kept us working to an invisible time table. Jarv, Peters assistant was always available with answers and help when anyone needed it. All eight of us finished our stools or tables and I'm sure went home inspired to do more. I would have no hesitation in recommending this course to anyone whatever your ability.
Paul Collings - - #5856
A superb course - Peter is an excellent tutor, and led a group of varying abilities to complete some remarkable pieces of furniture. I did not expect to enjoy myself so much and found the process of shaping green wood very satisfying. I would recommend this to anyone and will certainly do more of his courses.
James Hill - - #5855
I have just returned from Peter's 2 day green woodworking course and the proof of the pudding is that I want to return and have another go. Day 1 is relaxing amid good company, lovely surroundings: an excellent way to unwind using edge tools to shape our chosen wood. Day 2 is more technically challenging with an array of tools to encounter. Peter and Jav were excellent teachers, stopping short of doing things for us but encouraging and promoting confidence. By the end of day 2 everyone had a finished item which was amazing. The camaraderie in the workshop will be memorable with everyone prepared to stop and help. I would recommend this to anyone who appreciates learning hands-on and no previous experience seemed necessary.
Jan Dawe - - #5853
I have just returned from a wonderful weekend on one of Peter's "Green Woodworking Courses". I went with low expectations of my abilities to produce anything that would look good and everything far exceeded my expectations.
Peter and Jarv were brilliant tutors with great humour, patience and encouragement. Both are friendly and taught us so much in such a short time. The two days flew by, but in a really relaxed environment where we were all able to work at our own level and ask for as much or as little help as we needed.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I hope very much to return to a further course in the future.
Naomi Patkai - - #5849
Such a great way to spend a weekend.
I have done quite a few different types of woodwork over the past 15 years but have always been self taught and not tried green woodwork before. I found this to be such a satisfying way of working with wood and Peter is a great teacher.
There is a lot to get done in the 2 days and it is quite a physical course because it is almost all done with hand tools. I am quite particular in relation to attention to detail so my recommendation would be to just go with the flow and don't worry about triple checking measurements etc or you will struggle to get everything done. And because of the organic nature of green woodwork the end result is always going to be unique and wavy anyway.
I will definitely be booking on another course with Peter in the future.
Chris Harper - - #5846
I booked my husband on this course as a gift, and it was great. The workshop is in a beautiful part of the world, and he came away with new skills and a beautiful wooden stool. Highly recommended!
Sarah F - - #5573
A wonderful course, Peter and his lovely assistant are a great double act and very engaging :)
The course is busy - there is a lot of ground to cover in the 2 days - but the time flies by as you are so absorbed in the wood.
A thoroughly enjoyable, informative and productive course - we all came away with a totally unique piece that we had crafted ourselves from a log. Massively satisfying and thoroughly recommended.
Top tip - bring sunscreen !
John Nicholls - - #5336
This course wildly exceeded my expectations (which were high anyway). It ticks all the boxes - fantastic location and atmosphere, lovely people, excellent tuition from Peter. I came away with some lovely memories but also a piece of furniture that I am really proud of and will always treasure. Anyone who is pondering whether this is the course for them - book it now! You won't regret it.
Anna Rayner - - #5330
A fantastic introduction to the world of green woodworking. Peter is friendly, approachable and keen to pass on his experience to others. No question is too 'silly' and NO previous experience is required.
You will be able to turn a 'log' into a family treasure in just one weekend, going home with a creation to be proud of.
The atmosphere is all very relaxed and welcoming and I have no hesitation in recommending this course to anyone. :)
David Fenton-Jones - - #5316
I have just returned from a fantastic 2 days at the Devon Green Wood Centre. The course was very well organised and the location is superb - you work outside in fine weather. Peter is an excellent tutor - very interesting, knowledgeable and encouraging. All 8 participants came away with pieces they were justly proud of and will no doubt treasure for years; my first green wood stool (with 3 ash legs and a beech seat) will be admired by me (and others, I hope) for a very long time.
Iain Ferguson - - #5313
I attended Peter's "Green Woodworking" course in May with all my family and other friends and had a fantastic time. I have done a fair amount of wood and metal work, but wanted to learn about some of the more traditional methods of shaping wood. It was very refreshing to create interesting objects without having to be too accurate about it (except the joints). Peter was very easy going and was receptive to all the questions directed at him.
I came away enthused to do more green woodwork projects.
We will always remember the weekend as a highlight of our year.
Paul Bailey - - #5083
Brilliant course, both informative and highly enjoyable. Peter and Marv's patient and friendly approach was spot on and the whole setting made it a memorable experience. Great fun but also extremely useful , introducing us to the wonderful world of froes, travishers, and spokeshaves!!
Neil Greenland - - #5078
Thoroughly enjoyed this course. Peter was very knowledgeable and inspiring. I fully intend to continue practising green woodworking and could not be more pleased that I decided to invest in this. Highly recommended for anyone of any ability.
Dan Botting - - #4868
This was a fantastic course, I would thoroughly recommend to anybody. Great instruction from Peter, relaxed atmosphere and lots of tea and cake!
Stuart - - #4855
This was a really fun weekend and we came away with two tables that could fit together or be used apart and we are very proud of them. We enjoyed ourselves lots and learnt so much. Thanks Peter and Jarv.
Margaret and Dave Calder - - #4726
An excellent 2 days. Totally absorbing , so much so that the time whistled past. Peter's style of instructing is very pleasing and he allows you to get on with your work without to much interjection, however he is there immediately you need help. I was amazed at the quality and appearance of the stool I made, it is a "one off" that exists nowhere else! If you want two days of enjoyment therapy get along to one of Peter Lanyon's courses, you won't be disappointed.
Rod Horne - - #4401
Fantastic course! The whole experience was better than I had hoped for a weekend of creativity for my 16 year old son and I.
Peter and the team operate a very warm, friendly and relaxed operation and are very open with the skills and techniques required for a beginner; keen to give you extra tips whenever possible.
The course is still at the forefront of our minds weeks after completing the course and has given us the confidence to try things at home.
Michael Waring - - #4364
I'd recommend this course to anyone, an insightful and inspiring look at green wood working. Peter and Garv were helpful and knowledgable, and with their instruction you come away with a really unique, beautiful and personal piece of furniture that you've built from scratch. I loved every minute and could easily have spent longer
Jackson - - #4359
I can't recommend this course highly enough. Peter and Garv were so friendly and helpful, so we all felt immediately at ease. I've learnt so much about green woodworking and am absolutely hooked. This is fully hands-on and the piece you produce is entirely your own. Time just flew and I can't wait to go back for more.
If you get a chance to attend this course, you should go. The setting is idyllic, you will learn a huge amount and you will have enormous fun doing it.
Myfanwy Scrivener - - #4340
Nothing but good things to say about this course.. Great people, calm friendly atmosphere, and in a beautiful location. I loved learning about the tools and techniques of green woodwork and was amazed by how much we managed to achieve in one weekend. I also loved seeing all the different things that everyone made. Many thanks Peter, hope to see you again on the next course!
Sophie Baring - - #4125
What a fabulous weekend! The 2 day course introduces tools and techniques I, for one, had certainly never heard of. To end the course with a piece of furniture we now use at home is more than I could have hoped for. Peter's (and Cath's) calm, quiet instruction and friendly encouragement throughout the weekend was brilliant.
Already looking at the Build a Shave Horse course!
I simply cannot recommend this course highly enough - go if you can!
Duncan Armstrong - - #4120
Absolutely loved this course! Was thrilled to be able to produce a lovely hand tooled green wood stool in just 2 days. There was quite a pace to the course to get everything done but the group was really nice, the atmosphere convivial & all set in a great location. Peter is a wonderful tutor & Cath was a great support throughout. Highly recommended & I hope to get back for another course soon.
Joanna - - #4117
OUTSTANDING Introduction to Green Wood Furniture Making on 30 - 31 January 2016. Having promised myself this treat some time ago - I thoroughly enjoyed the two days and I've got the bug now. I've ordered my left-handed axe (who knew!) and a froe and will be on the case for Japanese saw and drawknife shortly. Peter's quiet and authoritative delivery with conviction, skill, experience and encouragement is a great way to learn. The group of folk there were convivial and there was a quick sense of camaraderie as we all did our best... and all came away with a table or stool that came from fresh cut timber and all beginners at these techniques. If you fancy this - just do it, you'll be pleased you did. Many thanks - unreserved enthusiasm.
Peter Sharp - - #4084
I absolutely loved this course! With absolutely no skills or experience with any woodwork or tools, there is no one more shocked than me to find I have a beautiful table that fits perfectly in my living room! There is a great balance between supportive guidance, and encouragement to take ownership and work your own project. Therefore people with more background than I had also seemed fulfilled and challenged to the right degree. In addition, it seemed like we all supported each other, which made for a very social experience. A really enjoyable weekend indeed - big thanks to Peter and Cath.
Heather Moon - - #3494
I attended Peters two day introduction course last weekend and would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone with an interest in wood. Peter has a relaxed teaching style which worked tremendously well with a group of inexperienced green woodworkers and enabled all of the participants to leave having made something to be be proud of. The two days were very hands on with a good group dynamic and on top of it all in a lovely part of the world.
Paul Bloxham - - #3493
I've just been on the weekend introduction to green wood furniture and have come away with a small table that I am incredibly proud to say I made myself! It was a busy, but highly creative weekend and there is something genuinely relaxing about working with wood. There was a nice social dynamic too with the other people on the course. Most highly recommended. I am very tempted to go back for more.
Lorna Thomas - - #3491
The course was a great practical intro - we were splitting wood within the first half hour and Peter was always on hand with useful advice and tips. The atmosphere was pleasant and relaxed and it was suprising how quickly I felt at home with the techniques under Peters guidance. All ten of us came away with new skills and something we were proud to have made.
Doug - - #3485
Thoroughly enjoyed the course and we're very pleased with the pair of tables we made now standing proudly in our living room.
Jane - - #3017
One of the best weekends ever!
Bryan - - #2963
A very good course as a introduction to green wood working. The two day course is busy and fairly full on. You are able to make and complete a simple stool or small table and take it away with you.
Peter is available with as much support as you need.
What ever your experience of other areas of woodworking you would find this course worthwhile and useful.
David Lee - - #2917
We had a great weekend on this course. I have never done wood work of any kind before, and as a complete beginner found that Peter and his helper Dave were patient teachers.
I surprised myself by coming away with a green wood stool that I am proud of, and isn't wonky! It was brilliant to get away from the rat race, (no mobile signal) and create something beautiful.
If you are in any doubt about choosing this course, all I can say is ' do it!'
Jo Jenkins - - #2911
A fantastic 2 day course from which you walk away with your very own stool or small table. The days are quite fast paced in order to fit it all in but Peter is brilliant at explaining each step and giving an understanding of how wood behaves. The number of people on the course is just right. Highly recommended.
Dan - - #2583
I thoroughly recommend the two-day introductory course to green wood working. Peter explains each stage very lucidly and is very supportive throughout and the course is well paced so you have time to learn the different techniques as you work through each stage of the process. The whole experience is great fun and the weekend is both informal and very productive. Everyone finishes up with a lovely piece of furniture that is entirely their own making.
David Cutting - - #2547
Great couple of days. Peter is patient and managed to support all of us with the intricacies of making our own stool. He guided us through each step meticulously and made the process seem relatively easy... A lot to cover in two days but everyone went home with a piece to be proud of which should last years. I'll be back for more! Thanks Peter.
Mark Maunsell-Thomas - - #2545
This is the second course I have attended with Peter and I will certainly be back again. Everyone on the course produced beautiful pieces of furniture to take away with them and had gained a number of new skills along the way. Working with wood in this way is completely rewarding and engrossing, the location of the workshop is beautiful and the opportunity to work outside in good weather made it even better. As before I would recommend attending one of Peter's courses to everyone whatever your level of experience.
Rachel - - #2327
What an amazing two days with the brilliant Peter and Jarve on the introductory course. I made a stool from cherry and sycamore and it was incredible. I was amazed at how you could turn a wet tree into a beautiful piece of furniture in just two days. Thanks to Peters clear and calm instruction and obvious vast knowledge of green wood working enabled everyone to create beautiful furniture irrespective of people's experience and abilities. I will be coming for more courses and investing in some hand tools, and having ago at making my own shave horse! Thank you Peter and Jarve.
Emily - - #2276
Just attended Peter's 2 day introductory course, with no previous experience. Loved the authentic production environment. I made a rustic stool using sweet chestnut and oak, could not believe the beautiful authentic result. My family were amazed. Enjoyed starting from scatch with a chestnut branch converted to the wooden legs using a variety of traditional tools. Peter took time to demonstrate the different fabrication stages and was supportive and attentive throughout, ably assisted by Jarve, his trusty volunteer. I am hooked!
Nick Pendleton - - #2275
Just attended the 2 day Introduction To Green Woodworking Course (March 2015) and it was brilliant. I've never done anything like this before and I couldn't believe what I achieved in the two days. Peter Lanyon enthuses you with his own passion for green woodworking and his teaching style is hands on with lots of support and coaching. I made a three legged stool from cherry and sycamore and I think it's truly beautiful, I can't believe I made it. I learned about different kinds of wood, used loads of tools I'd never seen before and feel quite inspired by the whole experience.
Dave Parker - - #2269
Just spent two excellent days with Peter Lanyon, learning how to make a stool out of green wood. I would recommend this to anyone from complete beginners to those who have lots of experience. It was wonderful to be able to spend time making something me, under expert supervision. We all came away with a beautiful piece of furniture and you would not have believed it possible for all of us to create something so professional looking. I was jealous of everyone's work! Peter and Jav encouraged, corrected and guided us all into achieving great things. I will certainly be back and feel inspired to do more. Thank you very much.
Ali Rutherford - - #2266
Superb course. Great workshop with plenty of tools to try out and get used. Excellent support and advice on all aspects of woodwork. Friendly and welcoming style, very relaxed. I look forward to future courses.
Tim Poate - - #2118
An excellent course in a welcoming and inspiring environment. Peter and Jav were very generous with their extensive knowledge and experience. Thank you - I will be back for the Chair Making course.
Mike - - #2094
Had a fabulous weekend learning a lot about Greenwood working. Peter is so obviously knowledgeable and so easy to approach and ask information of. Wide availability of tools to use and due to the process, on delay in completing the project. I thought I was not going to finish my stool but realised that the other course members were behind in other ways!
Terry Speyer - - #2086
What a fantastic experience!
I rate this as one of the best courses I have attended. The hands on approach, the level of expertise, the positive attitudes and helpfulness of Peter and Jav, made it both enjoyable and educational. I learned a lot. It was great too to meet the other delegates. We were all looking to learn and that made for a great atmosphere.
As someone who runs a training company, I can only hope that my delegates feel as positive about the courses we run?
Thank you Peter and Jav for a great weekend.
Tony Thomson - - #2065
Very good course for beginners - an almost inspirational event!
Good because it took as read that all participants wanted to be there and wanted to achieve something - thus we hit the ground running.
Would recommend it,strongly.
Richard Brown - - #2061
This is more than a course in woodworking, the venue is lovely, the workshop is tucked away deep in the Devon countryside, the tools were plentiful and great quality and locally sourced wood a joy to work with. Peters softly spoken instruction and vast experience guided us all to create something practical, beautiful and very personal. Totally absorbing and addictive we will be back to try our hand at a table. This is just the beginning...... Thank you Peter.
Issy Bryars - - #1861
I had an enjoyable weekend on this busy course,turning a tree trunk into a piece of furniture I love. The tuition was great .Peter and his able assistant were kind informative and exceptionally patient .I had no previous experience but would love to return for another course. It was a great way to spend the weekend .The group were a fun enthusiastic mix of people and it fascinating to see how we all managed to produce such different and delightful pieces of furniture .
I would highly recommend this course
kerry vaughan - - #1850
I thoroughly enjoyed the two day course at The Old Kennels.
However, it did appear that time was a little short putting pressure on at the end.
Peter Constantine - - #1657
Peter was an excellent tutor, very sympathetic with those that had no knowledge at all yet able to instruct those who had some knowledge as well. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the course and came away inspired with our lovely interlocking tables.
Well worth the money!
Trisha Downe - - #1651
I really enjoyed the course, Peter is a great teacher and makes sure that you learn the "proper way" of making a stool or table. All tools and wood was provided to make the course as easy for new learners as possible and Peter was ably assisted by his keen helper. I hope to do another course when possible.
Linda - - #1645
This was one of the best two days woodworking I have had for quite some time. We were blessed with good weather that allowed outdoor working, which together with the other people on the course, Peter's calm instructions and a great location combined to make it a fantastic course. I have since bought myself some tools and have started to build my own shave horse. Hopefully I should be able to get some freshly felled Ash soon, and then I can make a stool without Peters guidance. Scary stuff, but I am sure all he taught me will be remembered.
I would thoroughly recommend this course to others.
Jeremy Briggs - - #1641
I have just completed a two day course with Peter at the Old Kennels and love the small table that I made. If I can do it anyone can and it was all excellent. The small group size means you get all the help you need and Peter makes sure that the finished product is the best it can be while still being your personal design.
Margaret Shaw - - #1639
This was my first time doing real woodwork since school and I really enjoyed it. Peter and his team of Kath and Jarv were all very approachable, patient and helpful, explaining each step in detail and then giving advice and help as we went along. It was really helpful Peter saying what we needed to have achieved in each half-day as that kept the pace steady.
Lovely venue, too!
Amazing to see at the end of the course that there were so many lovely and very different stools and tables all started from the same starting materials
Trevor - - #1529
I had a lovely couple of days at the centre. Peter was very patient and, despite becoming a father a few days before, gave us his full attention. His instructions were clear and every task was demonstrated. There were good sharp tools supplied to enable us to complete the tasks required. I ended up with exactly what I wanted, a guitar stool for my son. Tea and coffee were available at all times, as was support from Peter's very able helper Jav. I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in woodwork. There is a freedom in this type of work that I have never found in other types of woodwork; I used to be a carpenter and do still make some things in a shed at home. The course is suitable for both the experiences woodworker, who, like me, always wanted to have a go at this greenwood work, or the complete novice who has never lifted a tool. I want to go back and do more!
Dave Greenhalf - - #1520
I bought my husband the Introduction to Green Woodworking course for his birthday, but couldn't resist doing it myself too! We had a great couple of days making two very nice side tables. The process itself of making something from green wood is so simple - we loved using the different tools and are hoping to buy some ourselves. The course was taught in a lovely rural setting in a relaxed way by Peter with help from Jarv and Kath, who were both very helpful. If there was one thing I had to improve it would be having enough charged drill batteries, as this was something our group seemed to go through pretty quickly! We would definitely recommend this course.
Kirsty Smith - - #1515
Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant!!
The best short course I have ever experienced and a beautiful nest of tables at the end. As a complete novice I found Peter's teaching style and knowledge so encouraging. He made everything sound really simple and achievable.
I cannot recommend this course highly enough. Just give it a go.
Mary - - #1342
This course was not only thoroughly enjoyable, but was also a key factor in my decision making in relation to my future career. I had completed a furniture making course at college but had lost my enthusiasm for woodwork. Peter showed me a different and all together more exciting form of woodworking (green woodworking) and since I completed the course I have had no doubt that my future lies with green woodworking. The course was run in a relaxed but effective manner, and Peter was very approachable if assistance was required. I would recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in practical hands on work. Whilst £120 may seem like a lot of money for 2 days, after carrying out some market research I discovered that the pricing is more than reasonable and I am delighted that I was there to complete the course. Peter has a lot of knowledge to give and I am keeping my ears pricked for further opportunities that he has to offer.
Jacob Blackwell - - #831
Boost your confidence and have fun at the same time.
Peters relaxed and informative style of teaching green woodworking is both enjoyable and rewarding. On the 2 day course that I attended, Peter guided us through the process of choosing our wood, shaping it, and constructing it into wonderful green wood furniture. A great course which I would highly recommend to anyone who is interested in learning about green woodworking and developing a new skill.
martyn ellison - - #827
As a complete novice at woodworking this course was absolutely brilliant, Peters relaxed and supportive teaching style had me using both traditional and power tools (eek!) with confidence. The small side table I produced is absolutely beautiful. Peter really took the time to get to know everyone on the course and to really think about what our individual needs were. He tailored his teaching to our previous experiences (which were varied) perfectly. He has inspired me to get my own tools and develop my woodworking further. I thoroughly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn some woodworking skills. Even if you are a beginner, don't be scared, jump straight in with Peter, you couldn't ask for a better start.
Theresa - - #826
Although I am one of the workers at Growers Organics I took time out from working one weekend last year and attended the 'Introduction to Green woodwork' course and had a lovely time spending time with the students and even I mananged to produce (even though I say it myself) a preatty good 4 legged stool. Thanks Peter for your patience!
Joa Grower - - #825
I did an "Introduction To Green Woodworking" course with Peter at Growers Organic. It really was fantastic, as well as learning a whole range of skills, and spending the weekend with a great bunch of people, I made and finished a beautiful stool. Peter was a great teacher, allowing everyone to learn at their own pace, with humour, kindness and patience..
I was amazed at how we all as a group were able to produce such a beautiful collection of stools and tables, even people with no previous woodworking experience !
I really couldn't recommend this course enought, it has given me the knowledge and skills to continue Green Woodworking on my own.
Am looking forward to joining Peter next year for more of the same.
Javed Mir - - #822
I've been to two of Peter's courses now and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. I've thoroughly enjoyed the process and the finished articles and much of this has been down to Peter's sensitivity and responsiveness, being willing to be flexible and adapt the courses to the sometimes challenging and awkward wishes of course participants like myself. He was always happy to go the extra mile to enable individuals to achieve their desired finished article and his knowledge, skill, professionalism and manner would be difficult to match.
Andy Wells - - #821
Brilliant course! Excellent tuition and company. I was so pleased with my beautiful stool that I gave it to my daughter for Christmas. She loves it.
I went on the course with some friends and we had such a good weekend. Creative, productive and fun.
Jane Baker - - #820
I attended this course last year. I surprised myself by coming away with a really beautiful table. Peter has a lovely style of teaching, a dry sense of humor and great attention to detail. What I particularly liked about the course is his eye for the design of the piece - he shares his thoughts but leaves you free to make your own choices. The tools were great and we used superb materials from the local area. I learnt so much and have since made myself a shave horse, and intend to go on his chair course this year.
Nigel Gross - - #819
I attended one of Peter's 'Introduction to Green Woodworking' courses at Growers Organics earlier in the year. I had a fabulous time learning some of the techniques needed to work with un-seasoned wood. Peter is a very friendly, gentle teacher with the patience of a saint. He made all of us feel relaxed and free to work at our own speed, learning the best ways to use the tools provided as we went. No question was deemed to silly or basic and we all felt comfortable to ask for his advice when we wanted to. I made a beautiful side table, which has pride if place in my home now, and is a daily reminder of the fun time I spent at Growers. I met some lovely people who were fellow students for the weekend. Jo and Charlie who run Growers Organics were wonderfully hospitable too and were a Joy to get to know.
All in all I can wholeheartedly recommend that anyone who is in two minds as to whether to sign up for a course or not, to go for it. You will not regret it. You will come away with New friends and great inspiration. A great course, thank you Peter.
David Fenton-Jones - - #746
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Course Start DatesSaturday 20th October 2018
Saturday 19th January 2019
Saturday 16th February 2019
Saturday 16th March 2019
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