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Sylva Foundation

Contact Name: Gabriel Hemery

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Little Wittenham Road
Long Wittenham, Abingdon
Oxfordshire
OX14 4QT

Sylva Foundation

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About Sylva Foundation

The Sylva Wood Centre offers a prime location for learning and skills development, situated in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside.

We offer excellent facilities for courses in woodworking, forestry and rural management, outdoor learning, and other subjects. Courses are set among a thriving community of wood businesses, surrounded by an attractive treescape. Our new Teaching Barn offers a specialist learning space just 5 miles from Didcot Parkway station and 10 miles from Oxford.

Sylva Foundation's Courses

Greenwood stool making at Sylva Wood School
Greenwood stool making at Sylva Wood School
Oxfordshire - Next course on 26th October 2019
£100
A one day course to learn how to work with green wood using simple hand tools, and make a three-legged stool. Learn about different tree species and understand why different woods are suitable for different tasks, how growth effects its use, and look at wood suitable for cleaving. Learn how to cleave wood. Learn basic axe work to rough shape the stool legs. Use a shaving horse, draw-knives and spokeshaves to shape three stool legs. Finishing with a simple stool to take home.
Introduction to dovetail jointing at Sylva Wood School
Introduction to dovetail jointing at Sylva Wood School
Oxfordshire - Next course on 11th November 2019
£495
The dovetail joint is often cited as the peak of craftsmanship in wood - this course is an introduction to the dovetail joint hoping to de-mystify the process. The course tutor will guide you in the use hand tools to accurately mark out and cut joints in the making of a tray using home-grown hardwoods. You will use sharp saws and chisels in cutting the dovetail joints and a spokeshave to shape the handles.
Introduction to steambending
Introduction to steambending
Oxfordshire - Next course on 12th October 2019
£125
The perfect introduction to steam-bending for designers and architects. Get a practical overview to sourcing and selecting the best wood; bend ten species; 2D and 3D bends; three types of compression strap; twisting, splitting and powered bends. At the end of the day we will look at a range of case studies that use the process in architecture and furniture, understanding exactly how each project was achieved and what further opportunities there are... and make your own unique steam-bent candlestick to take home!!!
Knife Skills and Whittling Workshop at the Sylva Wood Centre
Knife Skills and Whittling Workshop at the Sylva Wood Centre
Oxfordshire - Next course on 5th October 2019
£95
Whittling is a traditional pastime using a knife to make items from wood. It is an enjoyable pursuit that most can learn. This one day workshop will take place at the Sylva Foundation Wood School. Knife skills and whittling with Martin Damen. At the most basic level, the only tool that is required is a single knife and the wood that is locally available. Despite being run in a relaxed manner the workshop still emphasizes the teaching of safe and efficient skills. You will start by learning how to use...
Make a canoe paddle - two day course in Oxfordshire
Make a canoe paddle - two day course in Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire - Next course on 19th October 2019
£225
Make your own canoe paddle at the Sylva Wood Centre under the tutorship of master boatbuilder Colin Henwood. During this two-day course, led by award-winning boat builder Colin Henwood, you will learn how to shape a single canoe paddle from ash using hand tools. Make your own canoe paddle at the Sylva Wood Centre, working with ash – Britain's superior native hardwood. Using traditional skills and tools you will produce a complex shape with hand and eye. Learn how to finish your smooth and elegant design. Take home a unique...
Scandinavian trestle making at Sylva Wood School
Scandinavian trestle making at Sylva Wood School
Oxfordshire - Next course on 25th November 2019
£550
Come to the Sylva Wood Centre and learn basic woodworking skills under the expert eye of our Head of Wood School Joseph Bray. You will make a pair of multi-purpose trestles. This type of trestle in used extensively across Scandinavia and is equally at home in the workshop as it is in the home as the base for a desk or table. The course is suitable for beginners and those who have some basic woodworking experience and you will leave us with two finished trestles at the end of the...