Foundation Classes

Our foundation classes give you hands on experience and in-depth tuition in the fundamental skills and techniques of green wood working, as well as plenty of wider theory. Run as Day Workshops & 6-Week Evening Classes, suitable for total beginners but also building on the knowledge gained from our Intro Workshops – each revolving around a beautiful product to make yourself and take home!

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Gift Voucher | Barn the Spoon
Gift Voucher | Barn the Spoon

Know someone who’d love to get into spoon carving?

This voucher entitles them to a day class with ‘legendary British spoon carver’ Barn the Spoon!

Check out Barn’s classes here.

 

How does the voucher work?

When you buy a voucher you’ll get a confirmation email, and a personalised digital voucher will be generated and sent out! You can choose to receive it yourself, or have it emailed straight to the recipient. 

Each voucher comes with a unique coupon code – valid for a full discount when booking any available spoon carving class. Codes last for 12 months.

For that personal touch, you can also add a message to the voucher at the checkout page!

Note – If you don’t wish the recipient to receive the voucher straight away, please leave their name and email address blank when adding your message. This way you’ll receive the voucher yourself, and can print it out, or forward it on when you’re ready.  

 

About the Class

“No one in Britain knows more about crafting a spoon from green wood than Barn The Spoon” – The Guardian

Our spoon carving workshops consist of a full day of making with Barn the Spoon – one of the world’s most knowledgeable and respected spoon carvers.

This class acts as a perfect introduction to knife and axe carving, with no previous woodworking experience necessary. Barn uses his unique expertise, combined with extensive experience in teaching, to provide an entertaining workshop packed with secret knowledge, and vital skills.

Using fresh wood, and authentic techniques, you will learn all you need to turn a bit of branch or log into a beautiful, functional spoon using axes and knives.

NOTE – Vouchers can only be used once. All of our courses are non refundable and cannot be changed once booked.

 

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Gift Voucher | Green Wood Guild
Gift Voucher | Green Wood Guild

The perfect gift for friends and loved ones hungry to get into woodwork, or a treat to yourself that you can save for a rainy day!

This voucher entitles the recipient to a £150 discount when booking one of our traditional woodworking courses.

 

What Green Wood Guild classes can I book with this voucher?

The Green Wood Guild Gift Voucher can be used when booking any class that is worth £150 or more.  

This means you could use the voucher to book a place on any available day class worth £150, such as the Bowl Carving Workshop, or redeem it for a £150 discount when booking a higher value class such as one of the Axesmithing 2 Day Workshops.

However you would not be able to use the voucher to purchase any class that is worth less than the value of the voucher itself. For example you cannot use it to book three Introductory Classes.

 

How does the voucher work?

When you buy a voucher you’ll get a confirmation email, and a personalised digital voucher will be generated and sent out! You can choose to receive it yourself, or have it emailed straight to the recipient.

Each voucher comes with a unique coupon code – for a discount of £150. Codes last for 12 months.

For that personal touch, you can also add a message to the voucher at the checkout page!

Note – If you don’t wish the recipient to receive the voucher straight away, please leave their name and email address blank when adding your message. This way you’ll receive the voucher yourself, and can print it out, or forward it on when you’re ready.  

 

NOTE – Vouchers can only be used once. All of our courses are non refundable and cannot be changed once booked.

£150.00
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Spoon Carving with Barn the Spoon (LONDON)
Spoon Carving with Barn the Spoon (LONDON)

9am to 5pm

No one in Britain knows more about crafting a spoon from green wood than Barn The Spoon” – The Guardian

 

A full day of making with Barn the Spoon – one of the world’s most knowledgeable and respected spoon carvers.

This class acts as a perfect introduction to knife and axe carving, with no previous woodworking experience necessary. Barn uses his unique expertise, combined with extensive experience in teaching, to provide an entertaining workshop packed with secret knowledge, and vital skills.

Using fresh wood, and authentic techniques, you will learn all you need to turn a bit of branch or log into a beautiful functional spoon using axes and knives.

We focus on carving techniques that will allow you to carve safely with confidence so you can create at home too. Spoon carving is great because the tools required are small and transportable, so you don’t need a workshop or a workbench – you can even do it in your own front room! These classes are also designed to provide you with a strong foundation to create all sorts of carved objects.

And after soaking up as much as you can in the class, we also have a monthly membership available, allowing you to continue building your skills, while exploring a lifetime’s worth of knowledge in the craft!

 

The course covers

Knife grips: Giving you confidence in safety and ability to accurately shape wood with a straight knife, as well as a bent knife for creating the bowl of a spoon.
Axing out:
Teaching you how to split wood accurately, and carving techniques used to rough shape a spoon ‘blank’.

You will also get to learn a no-nonsense technique for sharpening and go home with at least two functional spoons!

 

 

ALL COURSE BOOKINGS ARE NON REFUNDABLE

CLASS DATES CANNOT BE TRANSFERRED ONCE BOOKED

 

£150.00
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Spoon Carving with Barn the Spoon (BRISTOL)
Spoon Carving with Barn the Spoon (BRISTOL)

10am to 5pm | based @ Hamilton House

Britain’s favorite spoon carver returns to Bristol!

This is our full Spoon Carving Day Class, hosted by Hamilton House.

 

No one in Britain knows more about crafting a spoon from green wood than Barn The Spoon” – The Guardian

A full day of making with Barn the Spoon – one of the world’s most knowledgeable and respected spoon carvers.

This class acts as a perfect introduction to knife and axe carving, with no previous woodworking experience necessary. Barn uses his unique expertise, combined with extensive experience in teaching, to provide an entertaining workshop packed with secret knowledge, and vital skills.

Using fresh wood, and authentic techniques, you will learn all you need to turn a bit of branch or log into a beautiful functional spoon using axes and knives.

We focus on carving techniques that will allow you to carve safely with confidence so you can create at home too. Spoon carving is great because the tools required are small and transportable, so you don’t need a workshop or a workbench – you can even do it in your own front room! These classes are also designed to provide you with a strong foundation to create all sorts of carved objects.

And after soaking up as much as you can in the class, we also have a monthly membership available, allowing you to continue building your skills, while exploring a lifetime’s worth of knowledge in the craft!

 

The course covers

Knife grips: Giving you confidence in safety and ability to accurately shape wood with a straight knife, as well as a bent knife for creating the bowl of a spoon.
Axing out:
Teaching you how to split wood accurately, and carving techniques used to rough shape a spoon ‘blank’.

You will also get to learn a no-nonsense technique for sharpening and go home with at least two functional spoons!

 

ALL COURSE BOOKINGS ARE NON REFUNDABLE

CLASS DATES CANNOT BE TRANSFERRED ONCE BOOKED

£150.00
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Joinery Evening Class
Joinery Evening Class

6-Week Evening Class

Monday evenings from 7pm-9pm

An introduction to the key skills of joinery, whilst making your own beautiful frame saw and mallet. Perfect for absolute beginners.

Joinery is a core aspect of woodwork – to the extent that it may be the only aspect that lay people are aware of. At the greenwood guild we know that this is not the case, but we still hugely value the role joinery plays in our craft. You will leave the class with a fully functional traditional framesaw and joiner’s mallet.

Frame saws are an ingenious versatile design using the tensile strength of the wood and a french twist to hold the cutting blade in tension. This means you can have a thin blade that can be used to cut curves, and the blade can be easily adjusted and changed to suit the task at hand. Joiner’s mallets are an invaluable tool around the workshop for an infinite number of tasks. It uses a clever tapering joint which is fundamental in so many other woodworking projects.

During this evening class you learn core skills of joinery, including prepping materials so that they are flat, true and square, marking out joints, and cutting them using traditional techniques.

You will learn to use handsaws, planes and chisels accurately and efficiently, as well as tool maintenance and sharpening.

ALL COURSE BOOKINGS ARE NON REFUNDABLE

CLASS DATES CANNOT BE TRANSFERRED ONCE BOOKED

£180.00
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Box Making Weekend Class
Box Making Weekend Class

Saturday & Sunday 10-6pm

Make a beautiful dovetail box from native hardwood, using only hand tools, complete with dovetail joints and a sliding lid. Perfect for absolute beginners.

On this course you will be introduced to the basics of joinery. Over the weekend you will learn to plane a hardwood log into smooth, straight planks, cut precise dovetail joints and finally assemble together a beautiful hand-crafted wooden box, without the need for glue, nails or modern power tools.

Joinery is a core aspect of woodwork – to the extent that it may be the only aspect that lay people are aware of. At the greenwood guild we know that this is not the case, but we still hugely value the role joinery plays in our craft. In this class you will learn to use handsaws, planes and chisels accurately and efficiently, as well as tool maintenance and sharpening.

ALL COURSE BOOKINGS ARE NON REFUNDABLE

CLASS DATES CANNOT BE TRANSFERRED ONCE BOOKED

 

£240.00
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Bowl Carving
Bowl Carving

A one day introduction to bowl carving

10am to 6pm

Learn to make a beautiful wooden bowl from native green hardwood using ancient hand tools. The adze, used to hollow out the bowl, has been in our culture since the stone age and is a wonderful introduction to the other traditional edge tools used to create your bowl. Over the course of the day you will use an axe, drawknife and pushknife to shape the outside of the bowl, and a gouge, scorp and hook knife to refine the inside.

In addition to giving you an introduction to a variety of hand tools, this course will give you a real insight into the three dimensional functionality of an object which has been used by humans for thousands of years.

Our bowl carving course runs from 10:00 to 18:00, during which time you will learn many different carving techniques, learn about how green wood differs from seasoned wood, and of course, at the end of the day you will take home a beautiful, functional wooden bowl.

 

ALL COURSE BOOKINGS ARE NON REFUNDABLE

CLASS DATES CANNOT BE TRANSFERRED ONCE BOOKED

 

£150.00
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Stool Making Evening Class
Stool Making Evening Class

6-Week Evening Class

Wednesday evenings from 7pm-9pm

Perfect for absolute beginners.

Master the basics of green wood furniture making, as you craft a simple, robust and beautiful 3-legged stool from fresh logs and seasoned hardwood.

On this course you can learn the key skills and techniques of traditional furniture making, including cleaving logs, cutting simple mortise & tenon joints, drilling holes with a brace & bit, making wedges and shaping a plank using planes and spoke shaves.

 

ALL COURSE BOOKINGS ARE NON REFUNDABLE

CLASS DATES CANNOT BE TRANSFERRED ONCE BOOKED

 

£180.00
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