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.

Download the short course application form.


Green Woodworking

Duration: 4 days starts: Monday 26th March 2018   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.


 

Natural Dyeing Using Woodland plants. 

Duration: 1 day: Saturday 17th June 2017, Fee £60 including materials and hot drinks (Booking Essential) Please contact tutor sdmartin@mypostoffice.co.uk  Learn how to dye wool using plants from the woods with local spinner Susan Martin. We will start by collecting materials and then take them to the workshop and dye various colours on yarn and fleece.  Explanations as you go along with notes to take away.
A relaxed day in a woodland setting.  Please wear sensible shoes.


An Introduction to Coppicing

Duration: 4 days Starting: 6th November 2017 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 Mon 12th  Feb 2018, 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.

 


Spoon Carving

Duration:  1 day, Starts: TBA, Fee: £75 Spend a day sat in our fantastic coppice woodland chatting and carving a spoon. Our experienced 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.This is not a regular course and can be arranged following expressions of interest. Groups of up to  6 welcome email us to arrange.


Charcoal Burning

Come along to our Volunteer day  to find out how you can learn this traditional skill for free. We meet every Wed at our woodland in Cilgerran.


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 tba March 2018:  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.


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Festive Weaving

Duration: 1 day,  TBA Fee: £TBA including materials Spend a day in our woodland workshop weaving christmas decorations from locally grown materials.

 

 


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 www.typren.co.uk for details

 


 

 

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