Make a Swallowtail Hay Rake - one day green woodworking course



Since the mechanisation of farming the traditional trade of rake making has almost vanished. There are only a handful of traditional Rake Makers left and people like our selves that are passionate about keeping these old crafts alive.

During the day you will make your own swallowtail rake to take home with you. The rake is a beautiful tool, which will serve you well in the garden. Whilst making your rake you will learn about the traditional methods used to craft this simple but very effective tool. You will also discover and use a wide range of green woodworking tools.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials are provided and no previous experience is necessary,
The kettle is always on for hot drinks, which we will provide along with biscuits.
We serve vegetable soup and crusty bread at lunch time for everybody.
You will also need to bring sturdy shoes or boots and wear suitable clothing for working outdoors.


Pete & Jacqui at Explore The Great Outdoors.


Five Ash Lane
Five Ash Lane, Sutton Veny
BA12 7BH

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Tutor can travel


1 day (9:30am to 4:30am)

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In-person course
Keith Sloan - - #30932

Great day and very pleased with the knowledge gained. Useful rake.

In-person course
Helen Jacobs - - #25437

This is a fantastic course! I cannot recommend it highly enough. I was not expecting to come away from a day in the woods quite so full of joy, energised, full of life and thrilled with what I had made. It was, I think, a wellbeing day as much as a green woodworking day.
I had no experience at all with green woodworking, and now can't wait to do some more! The tutors were highly skilled, gentle and encouraging, and very kind hosts. The opportunity to use so many different tools was much appreciated. I would say that it probably helps being a tool-user already, since you use your arm muscles a lot through the day.

Thank you Peter and Jacqui for a wonderful day, the delicious soup and all that you are doing to further woodland craft and care.

In-person course
Simon Hopkins - - #25367

What a great time we had in the woods!
Although I have some experience of greenwood working, the opportunity to learn from people (the excellent Peter and Jaquie) who knew what they were doing, knew how to teach, had their own piece of woodland and stacks of excellent tools (that were very sharp - ;-) Peter, that’s brilliant.
Introduction, coffee or tea and biscuits free-flowing with the wonderful soup lunch,all heated and prepared. There in the woodlands felt great.
This is an excellent course for somebody who wants to practice green woodworking, learn green wood working, Needs a break or needs to get away from the hustle and bustle and demands of modern lifestyle. Thanks again all, and I hope to see you all again soon. Simon

In-person course
martin hedges - - #21271

What a brilliant course I would never believe I could learn so much in one day and all in such a beautiful location. Peter & Jacqui were perfect hosts and their enthusiasm was infectious, the whole day was a pleasure. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone.

In-person course
David Neale - - #16085

An truly excellent course which I thoroughly enjoyed. Pete certainly knows his stuff and, while he taught in an informal manner, his knowledge of green woodworking was exemplary. All of the tools were in very good condition and the cutting edges were impressively sharp. Copious tea and biscuits were conjured up at regular intervals. It was quite a hard day's work, but very rewarding and I ended up with a most impressive rake to take home.
I would thoroughly recommend this course and fully intend to do another course with Pete and Jackie in the future.

In-person course
Elizabeth MacKenzie - - #15615

An excellent day run by a knowledgeable and patient team. Lots of different tools to use and skills to learn but Pete explained each step and method clearly and was always on hand to assist without taking over. Cups of tea from the kettle over the fire kept everything running smoothly and the participants were delighted with their completed rakes at the end of the day. Thank you!

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