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 Shavehorse: see below.

Duration: 4 days starts: Monday March 25th 2019   Fee: £240 This is a craft course which demonstrates how to use green wood rather than timber bought from the sawmill. 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 using cleft legs

Duration 2 Days Starts Wednesday November 21st  2018  Fee:£140 Course A greenwood craft course that 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 is appropriate for complete beginners but will also suit those looking to progress their skills.  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.  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.


Natural Dyeing Using Woodland plants. 

Duration: 2 days: TBA June 2019, Fee £120 including materials and hot drinks (Booking Essential) Please contact tutor:  

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

Duration: 4 days Starting: 28th October 2019 Fee: £240 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

Duration: 4 days from Monday  Feb 18th 2019, Fee: £240 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.2 spaces left.

Spoon Carving

Duration:  1 day, Wed 24th October and Wed 5th December : Fee: £70 Spend a day sat in our fantastic coppice woodland chatting and carving a spoon. Our expert spoon Instructors will give you step by step instruction on turning a piece of branch wood into a functional spoon that can be used for cooking, eating, serving - the choice is yours. You will learn various techniques of shaping the wood including axe work and knife cuts. Once you've made 1 spoon you won't want to stop. Groups of 3 to  6 welcome email us to arrange. Your spoon could make a great present for that special someone.

Charcoal Burning

Duration: 1 Day Wed 14th November and Wed 12th December : 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

Duration: 2 days 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

Duration: 1 day Starts: Sat (tba)  Fee: tba  A chance to experiment with willow and hedgerow materials and learn some basic weaving techniques. Make your own garden plant support to take home.

Make a Shavehorse

Duration:  4 days Monday 25th April 2019:  Fee: £240 Runs alongside the green woodworking course.Make your own shave-horse workbench to take home with you. 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.

Festive Weaving

Duration: 1 day, Saturday 15th December, 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

We no longer offer this course due to the difficulty of finding suitable projects to build. However one of our ex instructors Jamie Miller has started a Cooperative called  Ty Pren  which besides building a variety of stunning designs also runs courses which we are delighted to endorse. Please go to for details