Our day classes give you hands on experience and in-depth tuition in the fundamental skills and techniques of green wood working. These are suitable for total beginners and each revolve around a beautiful product to make yourself and take home!

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Bowl & Kuksa Carving Day Workshop
Bowl & Kuksa Carving Day Workshop

A one day introduction to carving hollow forms

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 and drawknife to shape the outside of the bowl, and a gouge 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 design and function of objects which has been used by humans for thousands of years.

This class 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. On this class, you can also turn your hand to carving a beautiful kuksa – a traditional scandinavian style of drinking cup. The ideal tool for drinking coffee develops a rich patina from the coffee grounds. Most folk that start to use them become inseperable from them. Great to use at home but also much better in a backpack than a fragile and heavy ceramic mug.

 

If classes have to be cancelled due to Covid-19, we will get you booked on a suitable date as soon as possible.

Otherwise, all course bookings are non refundable, and class dates cannot be transferred once booked.

 

£150.00 Select options
Stool, Bench & Axe Block Making Workshop
Stool, Bench & Axe Block Making Workshop

Make a traditional three-legged stool, a standing axe block for spoon carving or extend your class to the full weekend and take home a hand crafted bench!

1 Day Stool or Axe Block Making Class 10am-6pm – you can book either Saturday or Sunday

2 Day Bench Making Weekend 10am – 6pm – Saturday & Sunday 

Perfect for absolute beginners.

Master some of the core aspects of furniture making, as you craft a simple, robust and beautiful 3-legged stool from cleft chestnut and seasoned hardwood seat. On this course you learn core skills and techniques of traditional furniture making, including using shavehorses, drawknives, and planes, and constructing solid joints with age old through and wedged round tenons.

For someone who wants to invest a little more time in creating a larger piece of furniture for the home – our tutor Tim will take you through how to make a beautiful bench over the weekend. You will learn core skills and techniques of traditional furniture making, and use the Japanese scorching technique of Shou Sugi Ban to take a recycled scaffold plank to a gorgeous finish. Leaving with a completed bench, without the need for nails.

Over the years, we’ve often been asked for an axe block class and we’ve finally given in! Join us for a one day class to make yourself the perfect standing axe block. If you are keen to take your spoon carving to the next level at home, then a standing axe block is a must-have for axing out blanks; complete with v notch and wooden block for making those tricky neck cuts easily and safely.

If classes have to be cancelled due to Covid-19, we will get you booked on a suitable date as soon as possible.

Otherwise, all course bookings are non refundable, and class dates cannot be transferred once booked

 

£150.00£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.

 

If classes have to be cancelled due to Covid-19, we will get you booked on a suitable date as soon as possible.

Otherwise, all course bookings are non refundable, and 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!

 

If classes have to be cancelled due to Covid-19, we will get you booked on a suitable date as soon as possible.

Otherwise, all course bookings are non refundable, and class dates cannot be transferred once booked.

 

 

£175.00 Select options