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


Green woodworking and Woodlands

| £110
Course Provider: Cotswolds Conservation Board
Spend a day learning about the age old craft of green woodworking and its connection with our native woods!

Course description: 

This course is a basic introduction to green wood working that places this craft in the context of the woodlands where the material is sourced.

The day starts with a short walk to Prison Copse - a wood in close proximity to The Old Prison. This walk will explore how the green wood working skills and techniques taught during the course relate to with wider woodlands and the trees themselves. Close attention to the natural forms and structures of these trees, and how these features can be utilised for green wood working, provides a fantastic introduction to the green wood working that follows! The group will then return for an introduction to whittling green wood, selecting suitable wood for working, safe tool use and making a pair of chopsticks as a simple opening exercise.

You will then progress to carving a butter knife or spatula from a single fresh log, to take away at the end of the day.

This is a wonderful way to learn a skill that has been past down through generations of wood workers and get back to nature.

What do you need to know: No prior experience required. This course is ideal for those who have very limited knowledge of green woodwork and want to learn more!

What to bring on the day: All tools and materials will be provided, although you are welcome to bring your own. All you need to bring is appropriate clothing footwear and a packed lunch. Snacks and lunch can also be purchased from the fantastic Relish cafe at the Old Prison