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Make a shave horse at Sallerton Wood

A traditional greenwood shave horse

Duration: Two days

Price: £150

Book with: Andy Morton
at Sallerton Wood

Sallerton Wood
Kelly
Lifton
Devon
PL16 0HH

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About the Course

These two-day courses teach a wide range of green woodworking techniques whilst making your own traditional green wood shaving horse using timber sourced within the woodland. The topics covered include the properties of green wood, cleaving techniques and the use of traditional hand tools and equipment such as draw-knives and pole lathes. A shave horse is a fundamental piece of kit needed by all green woodworkers and it will be yours to keep at the end of the course, and the course fee is less than the cost of buying one!

The course tutor is Andy Morton, an experienced worker in green wood and in timber-framing. There is a limit of 6 students per course to allow for good personal tuition throughout the course.

All tools and materials required for your course are provided. Each participant will be allocated their own set of tools at the beginning of the course to use for the duration. Sallerton wood is extremely well stocked with straight grown Ash, perfect for green woodwork projects.

Sallerton Wood is 10 acres of beautiful mixed deciduous woodland with a stream running through it. It is situated south-east of Launceston, close to the River Tamar on the Devon/Cornwall border. All courses take place within the heart of the woodland itself. There is a large well-equipped workshop shelter, and a timber-framed utility shelter for cooking and tea-making. The utility shelter is equipped with a large dining table, pans, utensils, and a wood-fired clay oven and rocket stoves for use during courses.

Wild camping is offered within Sallerton Wood. Facilities provided are a site within the woodland to pitch a small tent, a compost toilet, piped spring water for washing and cooking, and drinking water supplied separately. There is a small washroom containing a wash basin and shower, both with hot and cold water. For those who do not wish to camp, or require more than the wild camping facilities offered, there are many local accommodation options, and some suggestions are available on request or via our website.

We run a variety of other woodworking courses at Sallerton Wood. Please click on the button below labelled 'More courses run at this centre' to view the full list.

For enquiries or bookings please contact us via the information at the top of this listing, including the website link button. Our website has more information about Sallerton Wood and all of our courses, plus a facility for booking online.

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 tools and materials required for your course are provided. Hot drinks and biscuits and/or cake are provided, as are ingredients for sandwiches for making your lunch, and fresh fruit. There is an additional charge of £10 per person per night payable at the end of the course, for those who wish to camp on site.



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What an excellent way to spend a weekend. Andy is great at imparting his knowledge, patient and kind in his encouragement. My fellow students were great, we all had a marvellous time, we met as strangers and left as friends. This is all down to Andy's hospitality. We were well fed, and drinks were always available. The setting is brilliant, with a variety of trees, and a lovely stream which passes right beside the dining area. It is truly magical. The cost of the course has to be the bargain of the year as far as I'm concerned, as you get to leave with an eminently useful piece of kit. Anyone would be hard pressed to even buy a kit that you would have to assemble yourself at this price. Yet here, you can go home with something you have made yourself. There is an immense feeling of pride and satisfaction in that.
I can recommend this course to anyone, no matter what you think your skill level may be. Andy will ensure that you can get it done.

- - #23337

Response from Sallerton Wood:

Thank you very much indeed for your very generous review, Les. We're delighted that you enjoyed the course and the surrounding woodland environment, and on top of that made some new good friends. It would be good to see you back at Sallerton Wood again before too long.

My son and I spent a fantastic weekend in Sallerton Wood.
Andy is a great teacher, his hospitality is great, he has made the most of the woodland.
The place is fantastic, facilities for camping were brilliant.
The shave horse course was an intensive, rewarding task.
We are looking forward to returning to Sallerton soon.

- - #23251

Response from Sallerton Wood:

Thank you very much indeed for your kind comments, Seb, and we're very pleased that you and your son enjoyed the course and liked the environment in which it took place. We're looking forward to seeing one or both of you back at Sallerton Wood, and when you do return, remember the Return Booking Discount, currently standing at 15%!

A challenging and rewarding course that I recommend for anyone looking to get involved in green woodwork or for anyone after an alternative weekend in the woods. I've not only come away with lots of new skills and enthusiasm, I've also got a shave horse for my future greenwood endeavours. Andy is a great teacher and ensured that we used only greenwood techniques to make the shave horse. His hospitality is excellent- he provided us with everything from cups of tea and homemade cake (thanks Jane) to sound advice on how to develop our craft. Well worth the six hour drive across the country and I can't wait to return to Sallerton Wood in the near future!

- - #22827

Response from Sallerton Wood:

Thank you very much indeed for that kind review, Bobby.
We're delighted that you enjoyed the course so much, and we look forward to your return visit to Sallerton Wood in the near future.

A quality course that was both challenging and rewarding. The camping facilities are great and I’ve made a few friends for life around the camp fire.

- - #22820

Response from Sallerton Wood:

Thanks very much, Glenn, for posting a review. We're glad to hear that you found the course rewarding, and that you enjoyed the camping and the evenings around the camp fire.

You'll get to use a shave horse lots to make one, and use the pole lathe + other skills too. Andy is a good teacher, not too on top of you but there for help when you need it. All of us left with a finished working shave horse and having had a good time together. Camping was simple but good, (Jane's cake was good too!).

- - #22788

Response from Sallerton Wood:

Thanks very much for your enthusiastic review, Mike.
We're glad hear that you enjoyed the course, and we'd love to see you back at Sallerton Wood again sometime in the future.

Enjoyed a very pleasant weekend in the woods and came away with a substantial piece of kit and a range of skills for future use. Overall, a very generous course.

- - #16315

A thoroughly enjoyable weekend. Very satisfying learning to use new tools and techniques and being able to complete a shave horse. This will be a useful bit of kit at home to help with a number of green woodworking projects I have in mind. Andy is very patient and knowledgeable. Will consider another course in the future.

- - #15936

......"at the rate we're going I can't see us completing the course" I said to the friend accompanying me around the camp fire after day 1. But we certainly did, and the relaxed pace set by Andy was central to this experience at Sallerton Woods......no rushing, no pressure, just plenty of considered and experienced advice and all set in beautifully tranquil surroundings. We chose to camp, with the discovery of the shower (plenty of room, plenty of hot water) a revitalising bonus after a day on the tools. It was extremely satisfying to learn about the various tools employed and to be left to use them to make my Shave Horse. I really can't recommend this venture highly enough and will certainly return. Thank you, Andy, Jane and little Thomas.

- - #15928

I can’t speak highly enough of Andy and the courses run at Sallerton Wood. The entire ethos of the courses are very well thought out and and have real depth and harmony with the beautiful natural environment. Small class sizes enable Andy to easily transfer his enthusiasm and considerable knowledge to participants regardless of prior knowledge ensuring excellent value for money. I can’t wait for my next visit!

- - #14921

I am in my mid 60’s and I came to this course with reasonable practical skills, but with no experience of any green woodworking or carpentry of any sort. I was using tools I didn’t previously know the names of very quickly and was using those to produce something functional straight away so there was a sense of business, productivity and learning, throughout the two days, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
The tuition from Andy was very good and individually focussed. The setting of the course is stunning and the atmosphere friendly and relaxed. The course is excellent value.
I produced a shave horse in the two days which may not have been the most aesthetically pleasing piece produced, but I was proud of making it and it may represent the start of a new interest. I would certainly consider another course here and would recommend this particular version to anyone with an interest, whatever their previous experience.

- - #14890

I really enjoyed this course ..... I've done a good bit of green woodwork previously but it still had its challenges and I loved re-familiarising myself with the pole lathe in particular, proud of managing to create components for my shave horse in this way. Andy was very patient and allowed me to make my own design adjustments to add character to my horse. I look forward to using it regularly in the future!

- - #11434

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 31st August 2019
Monday 9th September 2019
  • Accommodation offered
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Teen friendly

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