London’s centre for the traditional craft of Green Woodwork

Evening, Day & Weekend classes offering people the chance to engage with the skills and magic of traditional woodwork, covering everything from Furniture Making to Bladesmithing.

 

 

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Bench Making Weekend Workshop
Bench Making Weekend Workshop

Sat & Sun | 10-6pm

Make a beautiful bench from recycled timber, using classic woodworking techniques. All exclusively with the use of hand tools, complete with pegged joints and tapered mortise and tenons. Suitable for absolute beginners.

Over the weekend you will shape your legs, form solid joints and use a scorching technique to take a recycled scaffold plank to a gorgeous burnt finish. Leaving with a completed bench, without the need for nails or power tools.

Joinery is a core aspect of woodwork – to the extent that it may be the only aspect that the average person is aware of. At the Green Wood Guild we know that this is not the case, but we hugely value the role joinery plays in our craft. In this class you will learn to use shavehorses and drawknives, tapered tenon cutters, and reamers, as well as how to drill with accuracy, and how to use drawbore joints, one of our favourite joints here at the Green Wood Guild.

ALL COURSE BOOKINGS ARE NON REFUNDABLE

CLASS DATES CANNOT BE TRANSFERRED ONCE BOOKED

£240.00 Select options
Intro Day
Intro Day

10am-6pm

An introductory day consisting of 2 satisfying projects – that together cover a range of essential skills in traditional woodwork.

This is perfect for those that would like to try their hand at everything, or want to lay a solid groundwork for the more in-depth workshops they’ve got their eye on.

 

Wood Turning Intro –

Covering the basics of turning on a treadle lathe. Starting with a log, you will prepare your billet by splitting it out  using axe, froe and mallet, shaping it on a shavehorse using a drawknife, before turning it on the lathe to make a traditional potato masher. This workshop will immerse you into a time honored craft, as you learn the rhythm of the lathe and how to use 3 types of chisels and gouges effectively. This introductory class is a great way to get a taste for treadle lathe work.

 

Making a Chopping Board – 

A perfect introduction to the use of traditional hand planes, used in almost any joinery or furniture making project. This workshop will teach you the elusive art of taking a rough surface and planing it perfectly smooth and flat, as you make a simple, beautiful chopping board for your kitchen.

You’ll learn the use of 3 varieties of hand plane, some important theory and a brief introduction into Framesaws and knife carving techniques.

 

ALL COURSE BOOKINGS ARE NON REFUNDABLE

CLASS DATES CANNOT BE TRANSFERRED ONCE BOOKED

 

£150.00 Select options
Knife Forging Day Workshop
Knife Forging Day Workshop

One day workshop 9am to 5pm

These knife forging classes taught by Tom at the Green Wood Guild guide you through making your very own carving knife. Being able to take a rough bit of stock steel and turn it into a beautifully functioning edge tool is extremely satisfying, and very empowering!

On this one-day class you will learn how to make a ‘straight’ knife, the perfect wood carving tool used for everything from spoons to shrink pots, as well as being useful in many other larger projects. This class is suitable for people with no tool making experience. You will forge and sharpen your own blade, as well as carving the handle, and weaving a bark sheath to protect it, walking away with a beautiful new tool!

 

ALL COURSE BOOKINGS ARE NON REFUNDABLE

CLASS DATES CANNOT BE TRANSFERRED ONCE BOOKED

 

 

£175.00 Select options
Whittling Workshop
Whittling Workshop

Sundays | 2hr Classes

A 2-hour session, covering a variety of safe knife grips and traditional techniques in the ancient skill of knife carving.

At the end of this session you will have carved your very own spatula to take home and use, and will have the knowledge needed to go away and build on what you have learned in your own time. The class also covers the basics of knife sharpening, and provides tips on how to find and source your own wood!

This workshop is designed to be a wonderful experience on it’s own, but is also your gateway to the craft. Knowing how to carve safely and well with a knife is as rewarding as it is empowering. It helps broaden your understanding of wood as a material, gives a solid foundation for your skills in every aspect of traditional woodwork, and you’ll be amazed at how many scenarios in your day to day life that this comes in handy!

 

ALL COURSE BOOKINGS ARE NON REFUNDABLE

CLASS DATES CANNOT BE TRANSFERRED ONCE BOOKED

 

£48.00 Select options
Bowl Carving Day Class
Bowl Carving Day Class

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 Select options