Short Courses

All courses start at 10.00am and finish at 4.00pm each day. Participants should ensure that they bring sturdy boots, warm outdoor clothing, your own food and loads of enthusiasm. All tools will be provided.We have a shelter/workshop with log burner and a compost loo

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Green Woodworking

Choice of item to make could include a stool or a shavehorse.
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Any questions, call us on 01239 881394 or email info@coppicewoodcollege.co.uk
Duration: 4 days
Next Course: TBA
Fee: £280
This is a craft course which demonstrates how to use green wood rather than timber bought from the sawmill. The course is appropriate for complete beginners but will also suit those looking to progress their skills. You will learn how to split and shape green wood using hand tools, a cleaving break and a shave horse. The understanding of the basic skills can then lead to simple furniture making or producing your own gate or carving a spoon. The mysteries of traditional craft work can be revealed in this course.
Stool Making - We will take you step by step through the process of using green wood to create a beautiful stool to take away with you. The course will cover many aspects of greenwood working including, the properties of greenwood, cleaving logs, axe work, use of shave horse and drawknife and accurate drilling with a barrel eye auger as well as turning the legs on a pole lathe. At the end of the course you should not only have a beautiful and unique stool but all the base skills necessary to continue your own journey in greenwood craft.
Shave Horse - All materials and tools supplied. The shave horse is an ingenious device for working hands free on various greenwood work pieces. At the College we use a shave horse for making:

  • chair and stool parts
  • Legs for saw horses and chopping blocks.
  • Pegs for wellie boot racks
  • Coat hooks
  • Parts for shave horses
  • Tent pegs

and many other items besides using this essential part of the green woodworkers kit.

Natural Dyeing Using Woodland Plants

Duration: 2 days
Next Course: 4 July 2020
Fee: £130
(Booking Essential) Please contact tutor: sdmartin46@yahoo.co.uk
We start by exploring and collecting plants in the woods with local Natural Dyer Susan Martin.  In the workshop you will dye samples on to wool and cotton yarn and fleece.  Also make an Eco print with leaves on paper.  Learn about all the stages of dyeing including making your own mordants and colour modifying. Notes on recipes are provided. A relaxed weekend in a lovely setting.

Materials, hot drinks and biscuits included

An Introduction to Coppicing

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Duration: 4 days
Next Course: 27 October 2020
Fee: £280
This course will introduce you to the skills needed, to take a neglected broad-leaf woodland and transform it into a productive coppice with wildlife benefits. Our tutors will demonstrate how to cut a coppice plot safely using appropriate hand tools. You will also learn to identify different tree species and understand their value. Coppicing is the sustainable way to get our needs from wood so join us and learn how.

Hedge Laying Course

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Duration: 4 days
Next Course: TBA
Fee: £280
If you have neglected hedges on your land, or just want to acquire the knowledge and skills in this ancient craft? Then join us to learn how to make them stock-proof, more beneficial to wildlife and look good too. We will teach you traditional hedgelaying using hand tools. Learn how to use a bill hook - the iron age tool that is still the best for the job today.

Spoon Carving

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Duration: 1 day
Course Dates: 11 July, 22 August, 19 September 2020
Fee: £80
The spoon carving course will give you the perfect introduction to carving. You will learn how to use an axe, and a variety of knives safely and effectively. We will start the day with a log and end the day with a spoon that you will be able to use in your kitchen forever. Hopefully, it will be the first of many. As well as carving technique we will discuss wood choice and sharpening.

We will supply you with everything you need for a day of carving. This includes top quality tools and all the wood you will need. A hearty homemade vegetarian lunch, tea/coffee and snacks will be provided.

Spoon Carving & Forest Garden Tour

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Duration: 1 day
Date: 20 June 2020
Fee: £100
This is one off special spoon carving fundraiser (all proceeds going towards the Coppicewood College building fund) with David in the Forest Garden at Moylegrove, participants will also get the royal tour of the garden with owner Bruce Slark, and catering for the whole day provided by Coppicewood's legendary chef Gill Davies. The course will take place in a covered workshop in case of rain. Any additional donations towards our building fund would be greatly appreciated.

Charcoal Burning

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Duration: 1 Day
Next Course TBA
Fee: £70
Learn how to make high quality charcoal on a small scale using affordable drums a truly sustainable way to make the most of branch wood which would normally go for kindling. Learn how to prepare and produce artist charcoal from green willow.

Pole Lathe Turning

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Duration: 2 days
Next Course: TBA
Fee: £120
Learn to turn wood the traditional way using good old leg power. Please enquire if you would like to arrange this course, groups of up 3 maximum.

Weave a Garden Structure

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Duration: 1 day
Next Course: TBA
Fee: £70
A chance to experiment with willow and hedgerow materials and learn some basic weaving techniques. Make your own garden plant support to take home.

Festive Weaving

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Duration: 1 day
Next Course: TBA
Fee: £70 including materials
Spend a day in our woodland workshop weaving Christmas decorations from locally grown materials. We have a cozy space with a log burner to keep your fingers warm. Enjoy good company learn new skills and produce your own decorations from the hedgerow.

Roundwood Timber Framing

Great News we have 2 Timber Framing Courses coming up. They will be located in the stunning Pengelli SSSI Forest over this summer. There will be a Compost Loo build and a Polelathe Shelter build. The Courses will be led by Jamie Miller of Ty Pren.

Full details to follow soon