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Introduction to green woodworking with Gedwood


About the Course

Set in the stunning rolling hills of Speyside, at the very heart of malt whisky country in the scottish highlands.

This course is suitable for the complete beginner. You will be introduced to the basic skills of green woodworking. Starting with how to select a suitable timber and how to master the techniques of cleaving, trimming and shaving the wood on the shave horse, pole lathe, using only traditional hand tools such as the Swedish carving axe, draw knife and froe.
You can make and take home with you a choice of garden dibbers, rolling pins, baseball bats or rustic mallets.

An introduction to Ged - Creator and Tutor at Gedwood:
If you're thinking about doing a workshop at Gedwood or buying one of our handcrafted products, we thought it might be handy for you to know a bit more about the teacher and creator!

Ged has been a Countryside ranger for Moray Council for 20 years. He studied forestry at Bangor University and not surprisingly he enjoys being outdoors with nature. Ged first got into green woodworking through renovating his house and garden. He built his own bespoke kitchen from wood and taught himself as he went. He enjoyed it so much he decided he'd like to teach others how to craft beautiful items from natural resources.
Ged's interests include hill walking, bird watching, yoga, conservation, environmental issues and northern soul. He's a very calm and encouraging teacher and an all round great human being!

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?

All tools and materials, along with tea and coffee are provided. Please bring a packed lunch.

Covid safety measures will be in place.

Plenty of places to stay in nearby villages of Dufftown, Aberlour and Craigellachie - check out the village websites.


Ged Connell at Gedwood
2 Parkmore Distillery Cottages
AB55 4DL
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  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
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  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday

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A great introductory workshop. I had a really enjoyable day learning the basics and trying out various different tools and techniques including using the pole lathe. Ged is a great teacher, very knowledgable and patient and I enjoyed learning from him. Its a beautiful relaxing setting and I'd recommend the course, its definitely inspired me to learn more!

Response from Gedwood:

Thanks for that Charlotte. I enjoyed the day too! See you on the log to stool course

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