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Make your own green woodworking 'Shave Horse' from Oak & Ash

Shave Horse

Duration: 1 day: 9am - 5pm

Price: £275

Book with: Ian Varley
at Rustic Carpentry

Tithe Farm
160 Nottingham Road
Barrow On Soar, Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE12 8JA

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About the Course

This unique course to make your own green woodworking 'shave horse' from Oak & Ash.

A shave horse is a devise that clamps down a piece of wood with your feet, allowing your hands to be free whilst shaping any timber. It's a tool that is absolutely critical in helping to make a rustic piece of green wood furniture.

This course is an opportunity to 'unplug & slow down' & take a step into the rural life of an old fashioned village carpenter. During this very 'hands on' experience you will learn many traditional carpentry skills & techniques using a selection of beautiful old hand tools.

This is a 1 day course 9-5, spent at 'Rustic Towers' (barn workshop).

The course fee is £275 per person.

The Rustic Carpentry workshop is an historic old tithe barn on a farm which is 5 mins drive from Loughborough train station (we can collect you from the station!)and right in the heart of The National Forest. We specialise in the ancient and traditional art of green wood working & rustic carpentry, coppicing and bush craft skills.

Ian Varley is a rustic oak furniture maker so most of his time is spent on commissions such as rustic benches and seating for parks and woodlands, play structures, cleft fencing and oak timber framing. Ian specialises in creating handcrafted unique pieces and use only timber sourced from sustainably managed woodlands within the boundaries of the national forest. Please click through to our website above to see examples of our work.

'Let's gets building, shaving, creating, making & crafting together!'

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What's included in the price?

All materials and as much tea, coffee and biscuits as you can scoff!



Want to review this course?

Ian fitted me in at short notice with a condensed day, which worked out well for both of us I think. Fantastic day of learning yet more new skills and came away with a great new device which I was very pleased with. The only small issue now, is finding some spare cash for all the new tools I want to buy.
Well recommended and a good development from the rustic stool course for those wanting to learn a bit more.

- - #21801

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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


  • Accessible by public transport
  • Child friendly
  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Teen friendly

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