This is a craft course which demonstrates how to use green wood rather than timber bought from the sawmill. You will learn how to split and shape green wood using hand tools, a cleaving break and a shave horse.
The understanding of the basic skills can then lead to simple furniture making or producing your own gate or carving a spoon. The mysteries of traditional craft work can be revealed in this course.
If you have neglected hedges on your land, or just want to acquire the knowledge and skills in this ancient craft? Then join us to learn how to make them stock-proof, more beneficial to wildlife and look good too. We will teach you traditional hedge laying using hand tools. Learn how to use a bill hook - the iron age tool that is still the best for the job today.
This course will introduce you to the skills needed, to take a neglected broad-leaf woodland and transform it into a productive coppice with wildlife benefits. Our tutors will demonstrate how to cut a coppice plot safely using appropriate hand tools. You will also learn to identify different tree species and understand their value. Coppicing is the sustainable way to get our needs from wood so join us and learn how.