"Beautiful location. Excellent instructors" - Alan (Burford, Oxfordshire)


Green Woodworking - Beginners

14th July 2012 - 15th July 2012 | Limpley Stoke, Bath
| £99
Course Provider: Cotswold Conservation Board
Spend a weekend in the picturesque ancient woodland of 'Heartwood' learning the traditional craft of green woodworking. This course is suitable for those with little or no experience of green woodworking.

What is Green Woodworking?

Green woodworking is the term used for the method of turning freshly felled wood (green) into useful and practical objects. On these courses trainees will learn how to shape wood using a variety of hand tools including axes, wedges and drawknives as well as how to turn the wood on a pole lathe.


Course Description

This 2 day course is designed to introduce trainees to the ancient craft of green woodworking (see information below for further details on green woodworking). Set in the anceint woodland of 'Heartwood' you can expect to learn the basic skills and techniques required to turn a piece of freshly cut wood into useful/decorative household items. The skills you will learn include;

- cleaving

- trimming

- shaving

- using a pole lathe


Trainees will also learn about the tools that will be used during the course and how to maintain them. By the end of the course trainees will be able to take away a simple stool which they have created using the skills learnt on the course.

The Instructors

Adam and Karen live and work in 'Heartwood'. In 2010 Adam and Karen set up the Heartwood Project, a community based scheme established to educate people about sustainable living and woodland life. With a keen interst in green woodworking from a young age, Adam has many years experience in this field and as well as running Green Woodworking and Charcoal Making courses for the Board, Adam and Karen also lead local volunteer groups on woodland coppicing tasks in Heartwood.

What to Bring

Please bring to the course;

- strong footwear

- old clothes that you don't mind getting dirty

- packed lunch

- a drink

- gloves (optional)

What we provide

We will provide;

- all tools and materials for the course

- gloves

Optinal accomodation is available on site in the form of an 8-man shared tent. There is a charge of £15 per person for this service, which  includes breakfast. There is also a BBQ available on site which trainees are welcome to to use for their evening meal. There is no fee for the use of this facility, however, trainees are requested to bring there own food to cook on the BBQ.