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Traditional Fencing - Hurdle Making

Duration: 2 days

Price: £180

Contact: Small Woods at Small Woods Association

The Old Station
Station Road
Coalbrookdale, Telford

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.

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

About the Course

This is a 2 day course based at the Green Wood Centre. Participants will learn how to make a traditional woven hazel hurdle working alongside a professional hurdle maker Brian Williamson.

You will learn:

- How to select and prepare suitable hazel rods for the different parts of a hurdle
- Locate and set a hurdle brace and prepare the tools of the trade.
- How to cleave (split) hazel rods using a bill hook or riving post.
- Setting the zales
- Weaving using a selection of material to build the hurdle
- Finishing weave and snedding
- The different traditional hurdle patterns
- Each participant will make a hurdle to return home along with the knowledge to continue to practice and hone their skills.

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What's included in the price?

Tools, equipment and refreshments are provided and participants are asked to bring their own food and appropriate foot wear and clothing. Free parking. Courses start promptly at 9.30 (feel free to arrive from 9 for refreshments).

Rustic huts on site, camping / campervan area with stocked kitchen and wash facilities and fire pit. Café on site too! Please ask us for advice on local B&Bs and hotels.

Small Woods use only experienced professionals and woodland practitioners as tutors. We have more than 20 years’ experience of delivering courses and training and a reputation for high quality teaching and professionalism.

Small Woods courses are suitable for all levels of experience and ability and we keep course numbers low. The physical nature and/or woodland location of some courses may make them difficult for people with mobility problems. We do, however, have many years’ experience in enabling all groups to attend courses and will make every effort to ensure a satisfying experience for all.

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