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


Green Woodworking - Beginners

13th October 2012 - 14th October 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 . Set in the semi-natural ancient woodland of 'Heartwood' you can expect to learn the basic skills and techniques required to turn a piece of freshly cut wood into a useful and decorative stool similar to that shown in the picture. 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

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 interest 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


Trainees are welcome to pitch a tent in the wood free of charge on the Saturday night. Alternatively Bed & Breakfast accommodation is available in the local vicininty.