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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Bowl and Cup turning with Jarrod Dahl
Bowl and Cup turning with Jarrod Dahl

Saturday & Sunday 10-5pm

In this two day tutorial open to students of all levels, participants will be guided through the process of turning wood on a pole lathe according to their skill level and personal goals. We’ll cover the both the basics and more advanced techniques. Starting with open form bowls, the class will move into turning end grain cups and, depending on skill level and experience, will turn handled bowls and cups. Time will be spent time in the blacksmith shop demoing the making hook tools and discuss their design and maintenance as well. This will be a great class for any skill level from beginners to folks with some pole lathe turning experience.

Jarrod Dahl

Jarrod has been working with wood professionally since 1996 and currently makes and sells his handcrafts online under the business name Woodspirit Handcraft and also in select galleries. He teaches handcraft both nationally and internationally. His main focus is woodturning using a foot powered lathe and carving spoons with axe and knife. He has studied and researched older work in museum archives in US, Sweden and the UK, which has been a very influential part of his inspiration as a craftsperson. Jarrod brings extensive knowledge of harvesting natural materials, the use of hand tools, and a deeper philosophical, historical and pragmatic approach to handcrafts to his work and his workshops.

ALL COURSE BOOKINGS ARE NON REFUNDABLE

CLASS DATES CANNOT BE TRANSFERRED ONCE BOOKED

£240.00
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Spoon Carving with Barn the Spoon
Spoon Carving with Barn the Spoon

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!

 

 

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£150.00
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Joinery Weekend
Joinery Weekend

Weekend Class

Saturday and Sunday, from 10am-6pm

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 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

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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.

 

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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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