green wood workshop – 4 days
(make a pole lathe/shaving horse)
|date:||18-21 May 2018
17-20 May 2019
|overview:||Suitable for the beginner and the improver, spend four days getting to grips with green wood techniques: sawing, axing, shaving and pole lathe turning. Make a stool, a pole lathe and/or a shaving horse, or produce a range of smaller items such as gates, garden seats, besoms, carved spoons and bowls.
This course is structured around one or more projects chosen by each student. For example, many choose to “set themselves up” by making a pole lathe and a shaving horse (approximately two days on each). Making a pole lathe is largely a standard carpentry project, while the horse is entirely a green wood project. The lathe and horse work together in the preparation and finishing of green woodworking and are invaluable for making everything from the humble dibber to a Windsor Chair.
Alternatively, you could spend all four days working on a 3- or 4-legged stool, or a range of smaller shaved or turned items - eg candlesticks, tent pegs, gate hurdles, rounders bat and rolling pin.
|what is green wood?||Green Wood is freshly felled, still sappy wood. To work it requires a set of simple techniques based on an understanding of how wood reacts - both to the tools, and to the dry and shrinking process. Because it is green, the wood is soft and easy to work with hand tools, and because of this, green woodwork creates little waste, and can utilise small trees and logs. It is therefore green in all senses of the word - especially as at Bore Place the trees are felled as part of ongoing woodland restoration and sustainable management. Our courses and volunteer days are about learning woodcraft and helping with the conservation of Bore Place.|
|start time:||day 1: 9.30am tea/introductions for 10am start
days 2, 3 and 4: 10am start
|lunch:||approx 1pm - 2pm
please bring a packed lunch. Hot drinks will be provided.
|finish time:||approx 4.30pm each day|
|cost:||£220 per person (extra charge of £70 for pole lathe materials)|
|what to wear:||Wear sturdy shoes or boots at all times. Please also wear warm, comfortable clothes that are suitable for the current weather conditions. You will be outside for much of the course|
|course size:||maximum of 8 participants|
|what to bring:||all tools and materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring along any interesting tools!|
|how to book:||Booking Form|
|location:||Courses and volunteer days are held at Bore Place, between Edenbridge and Sevenoaks, Kent (www.boreplace.org) - an environmental and educational charity on a 500 acre organic dairy farm, set in beautiful low weald countryside. Converted farm buildings and a Jacobean Manor House offer accommodation if required, with walks and local pubs to enjoy when you’re not wooding! Directions will be sent to you once you’ve booked on a course and can also be accessed from the Workshop Directions Page|