Make a shave horse at Sallerton Wood

A traditional greenwood shave horse


These two-day courses in shave horse making 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.

To book a place on this course, click on the button labelled 'See available dates', select an available date in the Available Dates calendar, then click on the button under the calendar labelled 'Book a course'. If you wish to ask questions about this course before booking click on the button labelled 'message the tutor'.

We run a variety of other woodworking courses at Sallerton Wood. There are 1-day, 2-day, 3-day and 6-day courses covering a wide range of green woodworking skills and projects. Please click on the button at the end of this Course Description labelled 'More from this maker' to view the full list.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

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.


Andy Morton at Sallerton Wood

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Sallerton Wood
PL16 0HH

Suitable for

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  • Parking provided
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2 days (10:00am to 5:00pm)

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Barry & Chrissie Wallis - - #39093

Great atmosphere of friendship and enthusiasm from the minute we arrived. Andy's instruction was clear and encouraging, he moved at the correct pace for each individual and encouraged everyone to help each other. We highly recommend this course to anyone who wishes to learn some woodcraft.

Response from Sallerton Wood:

Thanks very much indeed, Barry & Chrissie, for this very positive review. We're very pleased that you both enjoyed the course, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Sallerton wood if you choose to do another course sometime in the future. In the meantime, enjoy using your shave horses!

Stuart - - #38971

I don’t think I can add much to the reviews already on here. Unhurried instruction and a great environment to learn in. Stayed locally in a B&B but camping an option on site. As well as learning the skills to build your own shave horse, Andy was happy to share his knowledge about all woodland related things.

Response from Sallerton Wood:

Thanks very much, Stuart, for your positive review. We're delighted that you enjoyed the course and the environment at Sallerton Wood, and we hope that you have many hours of enjoyment using the Shave Horse that you made. Thanks for supporting us by joining us on this course, and indeed by writing your review.

Les - - #33623

Great course in a perfect location.
Andy is a great teacher, informative skilled & well humoured. I look forward to doing another course in Sallerton Woods sometime soon.

Response from Sallerton Wood:

Thanks very much for your kind review, Les.
We're glad that you appreciated the course, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Sallerton Wood in the near future.

Ashley Golder - - #30509

Excellent course for learning some basic woodworking skills using non-powered tools. The Shave Horse is a very useful tool to come away with after a weekend of learning these skills.
The woodland setting is a great place to spend a few days and Andy's easy and laid back teaching skills combine with his in-depth knowledge to make this an experience to remember.

Response from Sallerton Wood:

Thanks, Ashley, for your kind review. We're very pleased that you enjoyed the course, and we would be pleased to see you back at Sallerton Wood sometime in the future. We hope that you get many hours of pleasure using your shave horse.

Jayne Newman - - #24558

This was an amazing course, fantastic setting, run by a friendly knowledgeable trainer, Andy.

I have gone from knowing nothing to having the confidence to use a shave horse to shape wood, a pole lathe to finish the wood and shape to the correct size, splitting logs and using an axe, and then fixing it all together to make a shave horse of my own.
Brilliant fun.
Would recommend this course to everyone
Also have to say the food provided was so lovely.

Response from Sallerton Wood:

Thanks very much, Jayne, for your review and recommendation. We're very pleased that you enjoyed the course, and the provided lunches. We hope that you have lots of fun using your new shave horse for making your own greenwood items.

Amanda Humphries - - #24557

An amazing two day course making a shave horse. This was one of the most enjoyable courses I have done, and I have done many!! Andy was friendly and attentive in looking after us and making sure we had the help and guidance we needed the whole time. The venue, Sallerton Wood, was just the best setting bringing a wonderful tranquility and relaxation to the course. A beautiful setting. I learnt a lot on this course and will be looking to book another!! Thank you.

Response from Sallerton Wood:

Many thanks, Amanda, for your review, and we're delighted that you enjoyed the course and the woodland environment at Sallerton Wood. We look forward to welcoming you back at Sallerton Wood on another course, and don't forget to ask for a Return Booking discount which currently stands at 15%.

Steve Mortimer - - #24549

I've just returned from the Shave Horse course and I can't thank Andy enough, his style of tutoring is brilliant with a good mix of humuor and guidance. We had a group of seven with mixed experience and his patience with us all was greatly received. The course is quite demanding to complete your own Shave Horse on time, but with Andy's help we all achieved it.
You could not wish for a better location to learn new skills, even though we didn't have the best weather we were well sheltered and kept dry at all times. Lunch was provided and was very good especially the quiche. I can't wait to go back next year and try another course. I would not hesitate to recommend Sallerton Wood for your green woodworking courses. Once again thanks Andy for a brilliant couple of days.

Response from Sallerton Wood:

Thanks very much, Steve, for posting that enthusiastic review - much appreciated. We look forward to your return next year on another course. Don't forget to ask for a Return Booking discount which currently stands at 15%.

John Leahy - - #24479

A really great experience in a beautiful setting. The tutor was very knowledgeable and a grand host. Learnt a lot, had a lot of laughs, and got to make a shave horse that I will treasure for years. Highly recommended.

Response from Sallerton Wood:

Thanks, John, for your review and recommendation. We're very pleased that you enjoyed the course and its woodland setting.

Paul Fricker - - #24421

As a fully qualified Engineer and Trainer for more years than I care to mention, I am only too aware that the most difficult candidates to teach are trainers. I can honestly say without reservation that this course of making a shave horse is the best experience I have ever had on any course. I came as a complete novice. The skills of teaching and instruction given by Andy, enabled me in just two days to learn so many new skills and techniques, which ultimately led to completing a shave horse of my own.
The sense of achievement is an experience that will last a lifetime. The location, atmosphere, and hospitality were all first class and topped off by some home baked cooking supplied by Jane. It might be a cliche but genuinely nothing was too much trouble.
Thank you Andy and Jane.
Kindest Regards Paul.

Response from Sallerton Wood:

Thanks very much indeed for your kind review, Paul. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed and appreciated the course so much, and Jane's cake too! We hope to see you back at Sallerton Wood before too long.

Ian Wilson - - #24403

Just spent a couple of very enjoyable days at Sallerton Wood making a shave horse. The wood is a lovely place to work, the framed buildings are an inspiration as well as being very in keeping with the whole weekend. The workshop is well equipped and the pace just right - getting on with it without feeling rushed. Andy is a knowledgeable and sympathetic teacher who helps you when you need help and lets you get on with it once you've got the hang of it. As others have mentioned tea facilities and cake are excellent and the camping was very relaxing of an evening. Learning green woodwork in an idyllic setting is an absolute pleasure so I'm looking forward to booking up the six day chair making course soon! In the mean time I'm off to start using my new shavehorse

Response from Sallerton Wood:

Than you very much indeed for posting your enthusiastic review, Ian. We're very pleased that you enjoyed the course and environment at Sallerton Wood, and we look forward to welcoming you back there for a Chair-making course. Enjoy using your new shave horse in the meantime!

Les - - #23337

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.

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.

Sebastiano Puglisi - - #23251

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.

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%!

Bobby - - #22827

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!

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.

Glenn Collins - - #22820

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.

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.

Mike Tomson - - #22788

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!).

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.

Steve - - #16315

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.

Bob - - #15936

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.

Edward Smith - - #15928

......"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 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.

Keith Kirby - - #14921

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!

Andy Hutchinson - - #14890

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.

Jane - - #11434

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!

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