Working with wood

Working with wood

Introduction to chair making

A one-day introduction to traditional chair making. The day will begin with a discussion on different seating constructions and designs. Using traditional tools and techniques...

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  • An introduction to chair making £75.00

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An introduction to green wood working

Spend a day immersed in the historic craft of green, or unseasoned, woodwork, learning what it is and why the concept evolved over time. Students can choose to make simple but...

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  • An introduction to green wood working £70.00

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Wood Finishes

This is an intensive 2 day course suitable for beginners or those wanting to improve their skills. Students will learn how to take a project right through from initial preparation...

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  • Wood Finishes £220.00

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Bark basketry

Bark is a traditional material that has been used across the globe and it is therefore likely that our ancestors used this material in similar ways. This day course will cover a...

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  • Bark basketry £70.00

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Carve a wooden bowl

Learn the basics of woodcarving with this hands-on course whilst carving a leaf-shaped bowl which can be taken home at the end of the day.    

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  • Carve a wooden bowl £70.00

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Woven hurdle making

Hazel wattle hurdle making course, these hazel hurdles were originally used for penning sheep, but are now often used in the garden.

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  • Woven hurdle making £190.00

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Introduction to pole lathe turning

An introduction to wood turning on the traditional pole lathe. A friendly and informal course during which participants will have the opportunity to use traditional tools and to...

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  • Introduction to pole lathe turning £70.00

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Make a Shaker box

This is a one day course during which you will learn how to make a beautiful oval Shaker Box.

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  • Make a shaker box £75.00

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Make a shave horse

This day is for those keen to make a start in greenwood working with the construction of their own shavehorse. All materials will be provided and participants will spend the day...

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  • Make a shave horse £85.00

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Make a traditional woven sea grass stool

Starting with a log section of a tree and some component parts, craft for yourself the necessary woodwork while learning historic methods of chair making. Using drawknife and...

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  • Make a Traditional sea grass stool £150.00

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Sussex trug making workshop

Over the two days participants will be shown the process of cleaving and shaving chestnut to produce the handle and rim for their Trug and will be shown how to steam and bend both...

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  • Sussex trug making workshop £160.00

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Tool sharpening

This two day course has been designed for those with little or no previous tool sharpening experience, who enjoy working with wood but have found difficulty achieving a satisfying...

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  • Tool sharpening £220.00

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Traditional English longbow

Starting with a simple stave of timber you will learn to shape a fully working bow over three days.

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  • Traditional English longbow £275.00

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Traditional wooden rake making

Make a wooden rake and tailor its size to your needs. You will make the rake head, fit the pegs as well as prepare and fit the handle.  

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  • Traditional wooden rake making £85.00

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Sussex Trug making workshop

The course Over the two days participants will be shown the process of cleaving and shaving chestnut to produce the handle and rim for their Trug and will be shown how to...

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  • Sussex trug making workshop £160.00

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Coracle making weekend

Coracles are traditional riverboats. Round in shape, they are paddled with one oar. On this two-day course you will make a traditional coracle to take home, and try out your...

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  • Coracle making weekend £260.00

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Spoon carving

The course Develop basic wood carving skills by learning the steps to carve your own unique spoon using axe and knife carving techniques.  

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  • spoon carving £75.00

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wood carving weekend

From a choice of five, select a carving project to complete on this two day hands-on course. You will learn the basics of woodcarving and take home what you have made.  

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  • Wood Carving Weekend £140.00

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Archaeological evidence for woodmanship practices and the wildwood in southern England; Stone age to c.1800

An introduction to up to date archaeological evidence for the dynamic changes in natural and managed trees (woodmanship) and woodland from prehistoric times to around 1800. The day...

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  • Archaeological evidence for woodmanship practices and the wildwood in southern England; Stone age to c.1800 £65.00

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Gate hurdle making day

Learn how to make a basic sturdy traditional Sweet Chestnut gate hurdle, to go around stock or in a gateway.

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  • Gate hurdle making day £65.00

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Ancient and recent river and sea boats of Sussex, Kent and SE England

An introduction to the boat archaeology of Kent, Sussex, and SE England covering the wide period of Bronze Age to the 20th century focussing on small vernacular...

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  • Ancient and recent river and sea boats of Sussex, Kent and SE England £65.00

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Dough troughs, carved bowls and other larger domestic woodware throughout the ages

There will be a brief talk with examples of larger scale domestic woodward of historic types, such as animal feeding troughs, dough troughs, carved...

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  • Dough troughs, carved bowls and other larger domestic woodware throughout the ages £140.00

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Make a psaltery

Participants will make a working replica of a simple medieval psaltery. These musical instruments appear in many medieval illustrations and carvings...

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  • Make a psaltery £180.00

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Introduction to wood working: hand tools

This one day course is for people who like the idea of working with wood but have no or little experience and are unsure of the names and usage of both handtools....

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  • Introduction to wood working £80.00

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