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Discover outdoor and rural crafts, from green woodworking to beekeeping and bush craft, you will find an outdoor and rural craft skills course to suit your interests. Click on an image to see a full description of the course and information about the school.

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  • In-Person Course

    Chair Making at Sallerton Wood

    These six-day greenwood chair making courses cover all the green woodworking skills and processes needed in order to construct your own chair from a green Ash log. The techniques include cleaving out and shaping the components, drying some of the components overnight in the wood-fired kiln, steam-bending some of the components to give them the correct form, cutting and drilling mortises and tenons, frame assembly, and finally weaving the seating material.

    There is a range of chair designs to choose from, to suit all abilities, and a range of seating materials. Some previous green woodworking experience is helpful, although not essential, for this course. Spending a week working in the woods, being so close to nature, using wood from the woods and hand tools to produce a beautifully unique piece of furniture is a deeply fulfilling experience. On top of that, the sense of achievement gained from having made your own chair that will last for generations is something very special.

    The course tutor is Andy Morton, an experienced worker in green wood and in timber-framing. There is a limit of 6 students per course to allow for good personal tuition throughout the course.

    All tools and materials required for your course are provided. Each participant will be allocated their own set of tools at the beginning of the course to use for the duration. Sallerton wood is extremely well stocked with straight grown Ash, perfect for green woodwork projects.

    Sallerton Wood is 10 acres of beautiful mixed deciduous woodland with a stream running through it. It is situated south-east of Launceston, close to the River Tamar on the Devon/Cornwall border. All courses take place within the heart of the woodland itself. There is a large, well-equipped workshop shelter, and a timber-framed utility shelter for cooking and tea-making. The utility shelter is equipped with a large dining table, pans, utensils, and a wood-fired clay oven and rocket stoves for use during courses.

    Wild camping is offered within Sallerton Wood. Facilities provided are a site within the woodland to pitch a small tent, a compost toilet, piped spring water for washing and cooking, and drinking water supplied separately. There is a small washroom containing a wash basin and shower, both with hot and cold water. For those who do not wish to camp, or require more than the wild camping facilities offered, there are many local accommodation options, and some suggestions are available on request or via our website.

    £450.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Devon

    These six-day greenwood chair making courses cover all the green woodworking skills and processes ...

  • In-Person Course

    Make a Shave Horse at Sallerton Wood

    These two-day courses teach a wide range of green woodworking techniques whilst making your own traditional greenwood shaving horse using hardwood timber sourced within the woodland. The topics covered include the properties of green wood, cleaving techniques and the use of traditional hand tools and equipment such as draw-knives and pole lathes. A shave horse is a fundamental piece of kit needed by all green woodworkers, and it will be yours to keep at the end of the course, and the course fee is less than the cost of buying one!

    The course tutor is Andy Morton, an experienced worker in green wood and in timber-framing. There is a limit of 6 students per course to allow for good personal tuition throughout the course.

    All tools and materials required for your course are provided. Each participant will be allocated their own set of tools at the beginning of the course to use for the duration. Sallerton wood is extremely well stocked with straight grown Ash, perfect for green woodwork projects.

    Sallerton Wood is 10 acres of beautiful mixed deciduous woodland with a stream running through it. It is situated south-east of Launceston, close to the River Tamar on the Devon/Cornwall border. All courses take place within the heart of the woodland itself. There is a large, well-equipped workshop shelter, and a timber-framed utility shelter for cooking and tea-making. The utility shelter is equipped with a large dining table, pans, utensils, and a wood-fired clay oven and rocket stoves for use during courses.

    Wild camping is offered within Sallerton Wood. Facilities provided are a site within the woodland to pitch a small tent, a compost toilet, piped spring water for washing and cooking, and drinking water supplied separately. There is a small washroom containing a wash basin and shower, both with hot and cold water. For those who do not wish to camp, or require more than the wild camping facilities offered, there are many local accommodation options, and some suggestions are available on request or via our website.

    £195.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Devon

    These two-day courses teach a wide range of green woodworking techniques whilst making your ...

  • In-Person Course

    Introduction to Green Woodwork

    These 1-day courses in green woodworking cover the properties of green wood, cleaving techniques and production of simple craft objects created from a greenwood log using traditional hand tools such as draw-knives and pole lathes. Anything you make during the day will be yours to take home and may include items such as spoons, spatulas, rolling-pin or a wooden mallet. This course is most suited to anyone wishing to have a go at some green woodwork, with absolutely no previous knowledge or skills required. This is a great taster day to whet your appetite for a longer course in the future, or perfect for those with limited spare time.

    The course tutor is Andy Morton, an experienced worker in green wood and in timber-framing. There is a limit of 6 students per course to allow for good personal tuition throughout the course.

    All tools and materials required for your course are provided. Each participant will be allocated their own set of tools at the beginning of the course to use for the duration. Sallerton wood is extremely well stocked with straight grown Ash, perfect for green woodwork projects.

    Sallerton Wood is 10 acres of beautiful mixed deciduous woodland with a stream running through it. It is situated south-east of Launceston, close to the River Tamar on the Devon/Cornwall border. All courses take place within the heart of the woodland itself. There is a large, well-equipped workshop shelter, and a timber-framed utility shelter for cooking and tea-making. The utility shelter is equipped with a large dining table, pans, utensils, and a wood-fired clay oven and rocket stoves for use during courses.

    Wild camping is offered within Sallerton Wood. Facilities provided are a site within the woodland to pitch a small tent, a compost toilet, piped spring water for washing and cooking, and drinking water supplied separately. There is a small washroom containing a wash basin and shower, both with hot and cold water. For those who do not wish to camp, or require more than the wild camping facilities offered, there are many local accommodation options, and some suggestions are available on request or via our website.

    £85.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Devon

    These 1-day courses in green woodworking cover the properties of green wood, cleaving techniques ...

  • In-Person Course

    Stool Making Course – Green Woodworking

    Spend two days in a stunning woodland environment. Learn green woodworking skills. Using traditional hand tools and locally grown hardwoods, create a beautiful piece of furniture to last a lifetime. Meet new people and eat great food together.

    £175.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : East Sussex

    Spend two days in a stunning woodland environment. Learn green woodworking skills. Using traditional ...

  • In-Person Course

    Woodland Stool Making

    Spend two days learning ‘Green Woodworking’ skills and creating a beautiful hardwood stool in a lovely woodland environment. Eat delicious food and meet great people.

    £175.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : East Sussex

    Spend two days learning 'Green Woodworking' skills and creating a beautiful hardwood stool in ...

  • In-Person Course

    Woodland Windsor Chair Making

    Spend five days in a beautiful Sussex woodland making a Windsor style chair to last a lifetime. Learn age-old traditional techniques and use high-quality tools and materials. Meet great people and eat good food in a healthy environment.

    £425.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : East Sussex

    Spend five days in a beautiful Sussex woodland making a Windsor style chair to ...

  • Fleece to Felt - Workshop
    In-Person Course

    Fleece to Felt

    Join us on our fleece to felt course. Covering everything you need to know to convert a fleece into naturally dyed felt.
    Starting with the fleece, you will process it ready to be dyed. Alongside this, we will take a walk around the woods and neighbouring fields and harvest a range of traditional and modern plant materials to create our dye baths.

     

    £400.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Greater London

    Join us on our fleece to felt course. Covering everything you need to know ...

  • Basket weaving - pippin & Gile
    In-Person Course

    Basket Weaving Course

    Create your very own willow basket. We take you through the entire basket weaving process, from how to harvest your willow to how to care for your basket.

    Join us to learn how to make a traditional willow basket. On our basket weaving course we will teach you all the steps to making your very own stake and stand wicker basket, as well as discuss willow harvesting, basket after care, and look at alternative materials that can be used in basket making.

    As well as expert tuition from our instructors, and all the necessary equipment, we will provide a warm and friendly atmosphere to delve into this wonderful ancient craft.

    During this course, we will guide you how to make a small waste paper style basket. The skills you learn on our course will enable you to scale this up or down and change the base materials, giving you countless possibilities for the future. To whet your appetite for future projects we will have a display of willow baskets and ones made from other materials covering a range of traditional, modern contemporary, artistic and functional baskets. Some of these are made by our instructor team and others by local crafts people.

    Wicker Basketry and basket weaving is an age-old practice, used in a range of contexts across a huge time span. Its careful craft is being lost, so join us, to learn this ancient craft and keep the knowledge alive.

    This course is either run out of Gilestone Woods, in the Heart of the Brecon Beacons, or our South London Woodland, just 15 minutes off junction 8 of the M25 and easily accessible by train too.

    £85.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Greater London

    Create your very own willow basket. We take you through the entire basket weaving ...

  • In-Person Course

    Practical Skills Teacher Development Course (PSTDC)

    CRAFT IN OUR TIME

    Craft can offer many experiences. A sense of creativity, inspiration and imagination, a means of learning through making and a deep sense of empowerment and value. The Practical Skills Teacher Development Course aims to inspire, offer an opportunity for re-development and re-deployment of skills already acquired. Deepen our understanding of both the educational and therapeutic opportunities and value for the practice of traditional craft work and learning through making.

    £1,450.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Herefordshire

    CRAFT IN OUR TIME Craft can offer many experiences. A sense of creativity, inspiration ...

  • In-Person Course

    Autumn Foraging and Preserving Weekend

    On our Autumn Foraging and Preserving Weekend Course, you’ll learn to identify correctly and forage for a range of wild foods found in our native woodlands and hedgerows. We will focus on the range of berries and fruits plentiful at this time of year, and how to preserve these for a later date.

    4-5th Sept 2021 – Gilestone Woods – Brecon Beacons

    11-12th Sept 2021 – South London Woods – On the outskirts of the Surrey Hills

    £180.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Nationwide

    On our Autumn Foraging and Preserving Weekend Course, you’ll learn to identify correctly ...

  • In-Person Course

    Make a Traditional English Longbow

    Spend two days in an Ancient woodland and learn how to craft your very own Ash English Longbow to take home. Using only traditional tools and methods. You will also learn how to make a bowstring and shoot your bow.

    £220.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Cumbria

    Spend two days in an Ancient woodland and learn how to craft your very ...

  • In-Person Course

    Make a Shrink Pot

    Shrink pots originate from Scandinavia, and are traditionally used for storing dry goods. Beginners and more experienced greenwood carvers all welcome on this course. Learners will produce at least one shrink pot during the day.

    £100.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Gloucestershire

    Shrink pots originate from Scandinavia, and are traditionally used for storing dry goods. Beginners ...

  • carving
    In-Person Course

    Butter Knife, Spatula and Spoon Carving Introduction

    During this one day course you will learn the essentials of safe carving. The day starts with making a butter knife, progressing through making a spatula (stekespade in Norwegian, literally “steak spade”!), through to the more complex project of carving a spoon.

    £100.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Gloucestershire

    During this one day course you will learn the essentials of safe carving. The ...

  • In-Person Course

    English Style Shave Horse Making Course

    Make your own English Style Shave Horse.

    £175.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Wiltshire

    Make your own English Style Shave Horse.

  • In-Person Course

    Make Your Own Pole Lathe Course

    On this two-day course you will be guided through the whole process to make your own Pole Lathe to take home with you.

    £330.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Wiltshire

    On this two-day course you will be guided through the whole process to make ...

  • In-Person Course

    Spoon Carving the Scandinavian Way

    On this one day course you will learn how to carve a spoon the Scandinavian way.

    £75.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Wiltshire

    On this one day course you will learn how to carve a spoon the ...

  • In-Person Course

    Make an English Longbow

    Using Ash, learn how to make your very own Longbow to take home.

    £220.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Cumbria

    Using Ash, learn how to make your very own Longbow to ...

  • In-Person Course

    Highland Stool/Table Making Course

    Come and spend a relaxing time in the woods creating a piece of handmade furniture. Set outside in a beautiful woodland workshop over-looking the river Findhorn on Logie Estate. You will learn a wide range of traditional “Green Woodworking” techniques. Using hand tools and locally sourced hardwood you will be guided through the process of making your very own stool.

    £180.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Scotland

    Come and spend a relaxing time in the woods creating a piece of handmade ...

  • In-Person Course

    Chair Making Course – “Logie Lowbow”

    Come and spend a relaxing 5 days in the woods creating a piece of handmade furniture. Set outside in a beautiful woodland workshop over-looking the river Findhorn on Logie Estate. You will learn a wide range of traditional “Green Woodworking” techniques. Using hand tools and locally sourced wood you will be guided through the process of making your very own “Logie Lowbow” chair.

    This style is loosely based upon the vernacular highland furniture of the past with a contemporary twist to make the chair more practical in this day and age. A key feature being the streambent backrest – this is angled in such a way that it also doubles up as an armrest.

    It can be used either as an occasional chair or a large dining chair.

    £420.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Scotland

    Come and spend a relaxing 5 days in the woods creating a piece of handmade ...

  • In-Person Course

    Highlands Cup Making Course

    Make your own Highlands cup from a log.

    £60.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Scotland

    Make your own Highlands cup from a log.

  • In-Person Course

    Raku Kiln Firing

    Japanese Raku Kiln Firing method.

    Great Fun, Steam, Smoke and Flames. If you have tried Raku before you know what fun it is, if not you have a great experience ahead of you.

    £95.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Cheshire

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