About the Course
A 2 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:
1. Consider different types of native timbers [wood] and what you can make from it.
2. Be introduced to the various types of tools used in Greenwood Craft, and how to use them.
3. Learn the art of 'Cleaving or Reaving' from Hazel rods to large billets of timber..
4. Use of Cleaving breaks and shaving horses. What they are and how they can be of use.
5. Preparing to make a 'Rustic Table' having mastered the various equipment & tools used in greenwood craft, and will look at the basics of pole lathe turning techniques to make a rustic table.
Students will select harvested (coppiced) wood, and shape it with axes and drawknives to prepare parts for spindle turning. By using simple traditional tools, the materials can be transformed into a range of useful and decorative items.
Your objective will be to make a 'Jointed' Rustic table 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.
A rustic table is made from milled timber [ash, oak or sycamore] for the top, with legs and stretchers of hazel or ash in its natural form. This makes a very handsome table, and is a great course to develop your greenwood craft skills, either as a hobby, or the first steps on a new craft career!
All adult courses are open to 16 years old and over.
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 tools are provided for you on the day. You will need to bring a packed lunch - drinks are provided! Please wear suitable clothes for working outdoors.
On the course you have a chance to try all the skills necessary to make a table from greenwood. Help is always on hand, and the instructor and helpers were very knowledgeable. A very enjoyable course.
Andy Malkin - - #15382
Really enjoyed this course and am very happy with my table. The teacher and assistants were excellent and very knowledgeable.
Edd - - #15379
had a great two days learnt a lot and as a bonus came away with a really nice table, and able to say "all my own work"
Jim Caine - - #2788
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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