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!
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
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.
This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.
I had a great time on this greenwood introduction course and Ged's friendly, welcoming and relaxed manner made me feel at home from the moment I walked through the workshop gate.
Once Ged has demonstrated the basic principals, it's over to you to get creative and decide what you want to make and take home. Ged is always on hand with inspiration, advice and the odd expert fix to correct any little mistakes you might make.
I'd recommend this course to anyone who has ever thought they'd like to have a try but didn't know where to start. Young or old, individuals or groups you'll have a great day and be surprised how much you learn and achieve. Ged's enthusiasm for his craft rubs off and makes you come away wanting to do more.
Response from Gedwood:Ah thanks so much Derek. Glad you got a lot from the day - I had a good day too 😊
My day started when I received a gift voucher from my wife for christmas. Due to the Covid lockdown I wasn't sure if or when I would be able to attend a course. I contacted Ged and he told me about some courses he was running and I booked the introduction to Green wood working. It was great!! from the pre-arrival email noting all the current precautions in place and a brief insight to the day to walking away with my days project, Ged had thought of everything. The working areas were all set out with full sets of tools at each station and a brief talk on each stage of working the wood. Ged is not only knowledgeable about the subject at hand but also very passionate about not only the traditional woodworking but the countryside and it's management and use by everyone also. He is a very friendly amiable man who will help you and offer any ideas to make your experience one to remember. Thank you Ged.
Response from Gedwood:Thanks for your feed back Darren. Glad you got a lot out of it and enjoy using your lathe turned mallet in your workshop!
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