Billhooks and axes are used because they are still the most effective tool for felling and timber reduction and conversion for some woodland activities such as coppice management. It is surprising how many blunt billhooks and axes are been used and the lack of awareness of how a sharp tool should look like and how much easier and safer work is when using a sharp tool.
The course is suitable for all who use billhooks and axes routinely and a must do course for volunteer and project leaders taking groups into woodlands.
You will learn:
- Identify different axes and patterns appropriate for use.
- Tools and devices to aid sharpening
- Different sharpening tools and techniques appropriate to use and location.
- Maintenance and storage
Participants can bring their own billhooks and axes to sharpen or practise on tools provided.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
Your course fee includes tuition, tools and equipment, materials, refreshments throughout the day, and lunch unless otherwise specified. All courses start promptly at 9.30 am (feel free to arrive from 9 for refreshments)
All information about accommodation is available through Shropshire tourism websites. You may be able to book online with some hotels.
We also have basic on-site accommodation. Limited camping and space for camper vans are also available to course participants, available only on request.
With more than 30 years experience of delivering courses and training, Small Woods courses have gained a reputation for high quality teaching and professionalism. Most courses take place at the well-equipped Green Wood Centre in Coalbrookdale, Telford. We have a range of indoor and outdoor teaching areas that provide a range of versatile spaces for our diverse range of courses.
We work in partnership with approved external providers to deliver courses across the UK. We expect all courses to meet the high standards that have been established over many years and to use only experienced professionals and woodland practitioners as tutors.
Small Woods strives to ensure the best quality learning experience by keeping course numbers low. Our courses, unless otherwise specified, are suitable for all levels of experience and ability. We have many years experience in enabling all groups to attend courses and will make every effort to ensure a satisfying experience for all.
We try and encourage car sharing and the use of public transport for participants on our courses. Please contact us if you need a lift or you are willing to offer a lift to someone else who is travelling here and the direction that you will be travelling. We can also offer to lifts to and from the train station. Please contact us if this is of interest to you.
Next available date
31st October 2020