Our introductory workshops are the perfect first steps into the fundamental skills of green woodwork, including knife work, bread board making and the art of turning. In each of these sessions you will learn about the character of fresh wood, the practice of using hand tools, and the relationship between these two things. All deeply satisfying on their own but also underpinning all the further skills that you can explore in our other workshops!
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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.