Make your own shaving horse

Make your own shaving horse

Duration: 2 Days

Price: £240

Run by: Alasdair Kilpatrick
at Little Acorn Furniture


Clifford Barton

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About the Course

You will make a traditional shaving horse which can be tailored to fit you perfectly. Using side axe, drawknife and pole lathe this course will take you through all of the green wood process as you build a shaving horse from freshly cut Ash logs. Drawknife the legs, turn and cleave the clamp and fit the components to a soft wood base cut on site with a chainsaw mill.

A shaving horse and drawknife is the mainstay of any green wood workshop and with your own shaving horse you will be able to hone your skills and create any number of beautiful hand made items – this could be the beginning of a new and exciting past time!

Starting from first principles no experience is necessary for this course. There is a lot to achieve in the two days as the shaving horse will require components that are cleft, draw knifed and turned, and these must all come together to make one functioning item. The course covers all of the basic shaping processes as well as joining and as such is a fantastic introduction to the craft and is the perfect way to start a new past time. You can carve and shape the seat and make your shaving horse as detailed or intricate as you like. Although a degree of accuracy is required the focus of the course will be on completing your project with less emphasis on precision and advanced techniques than on the other courses.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Little Acorns Green Wood work shop has been developed in the barns of Clifford Barton’s old farm yard, which is located on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park. The Farm now hosts family holiday cottages and courses, as well as providing a home for rescued dwarf ponies.

Surrounded by beautiful Devon coutryside and the breathtaking Fingle Wood, the workshop provides a covered area where the courses can take place. However, there is also a large outside area overlooking the Valley where we hope to enjoy the fantastic Devon sunshine!

Unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits are provided and, I can bring your lunch order from the amazing Ginger Cat Deli in my home village of Exminster (just let me know your order), or feel free to bring a packed lunch.

All tools and materials will be provided. If you have your own tools and would like to bring them please do so although I will need to check that they are suitable. Please wear appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes are essential absolutely no sandals or flip flops please.

The covered work shop offers a good degree of shelter but please wrap up if the weather warrants it. The course can be quite physical so be prepared to warm up whilst working and wrap up whilst chatting.

Hand washing and toilet facilities are available on site courtesy of Clifford Barton Holiday cottages.

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 8th December 2018
Friday 15th March 2019
Monday 8th April 2019

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