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Two day axe and felling course


Duration: 2 days 9.30 - 4.00

Price: £170

Book with: Fay Kenyon
at Ecclesall Woods Craft Courses

J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre
Ecclesall Woods
Abbey Lane, Sheffield
Yorkshire
S7 2QZ

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About the Course

Getting the most from your axes

This two day course will introduce the variety of different axes and their uses in and around the woods, and then working with wood.

You will learn practical tips and techniques on:

how to get the best out of your axes
knowing the right axe for the right job
how to use axes safely and effectively
how to keep your axes sharp and in good condition

Following introductions, the group will head in the woods to look at felling and forest axes. We will practice felling trees, covering practical hand felling techniques as well as the use of billhooks and saws.

Back in the craft area we will look at splitting timber for firewood and cleaving to get materials ready for crafts use. This will include the use of splitting axes, cleaving axes and froes.

The course will cover look at how to look after your axes, including grinding and sharpening, and what to look for when buying a new or second hand axes.

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



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The course was fantastic. I learnt so much about how to maintain your axe and to use them safely and to the maximum of their potential. Dave and his volunteers were really helpful and made the two days really enjoyable! My confidence using an axe has improved greatly since doing the course.

- - #17746

Great course! Very knowledgeable and skilful tutor.
Learned how to use and maintain a variety of axe types. Covered a lot of different techniques from felling to carving and how other tools can compliment axes for use in all sorts of tasks.
Amazing how much we got through even though it rained so much!

- - #17591

I loved every minute of the course. It was wonderful having access to the tremendous experience of Dave, the course leader. I learned such a lot and I could see that others did too. I'll certainly be putting my newly aquired knowledge to use at the earliest opportunity.

- - #17431

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Disabled access
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Suitable for stag and hen dos

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