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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Axe Making Day Class
Axe Making Day Class

10am to 4pm

Turn an Old Axe Head into a Beautiful Carving Hatchet

Spend a day taking a stock axe head, carving & fitting a new wooden handle and honing it to a razor sharp edge, before learning to use it by carving a classic wooden tent peg!

The axe is the quintessential woodworking accessory and one of the oldest tools used by mankind.

In this class you’ll use traditional hand tools such as the draw knife and sloyd knife to carve a handle from sturdy ash wood, before learning how to haft it to your axe head, fitting with a wooden wedge and finishing with Swedish linseed oil.

We’ll then sharpen and polish your axe and finish by carving a tent peg as you learn the key skills of traditional axe carving.

You’ll take your new carving axe home with you, and we’ll also discuss some of the basics of tool restoration, maintenance and what makes a good carving axe.

 

ALL COURSE BOOKINGS ARE NON REFUNDABLE

CLASS DATES CANNOT BE TRANSFERRED ONCE BOOKED

 

£120.00 Select options
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 drawbore 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
Bladesmithing Day Workshop
Bladesmithing Day Workshop

One day workshop 10am to 6pm

These Bladesmithing 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, harden, temper and sharpen your own blade, as well as carve the handle, and weave a bark sheath to protect your newly forged blade, walking away with a beautiful new tool!

 

ALL COURSE BOOKINGS ARE NON REFUNDABLE

CLASS DATES CANNOT BE TRANSFERRED ONCE BOOKED

 

 

£175.00 Select options
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.

*You must be able to attend all 6 sessions of this class, in order to complete your stool. 

 

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CLASS DATES CANNOT BE TRANSFERRED ONCE BOOKED

 

£180.00 Select options
Bowl Carving Day Class
Bowl Carving Day Class

A one day introduction to bowl carving

10am to 4pm

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 16:00, 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