john waller, underwoodsman ltd the green wood workshop
4 day green wood workshop - 4 days (make a pole lathe/shaving horse)
12-15 May 2017 (full) 06-09 Oct 2017 18-21 May 2018
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.
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.
day 1: 9.30am tea/introductions for 10am start days 2, 3 and 4: 10am start
approx 1pm - 2pm please bring a packed lunch. Hot drinks will be provided.
approx 4.30pm each day
£220 per person (extra charge of £70 for pole lathe materials)
we will provide a full refund if you cancel your place more than 14 days in advance of the course start date. Please note that we will be unable to refund your course fee or transfer you to another course if you cancel your place less than 14 days before the start of the course.
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 (under cover if it’s raining).
what to bring:
all tools and materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring along any interesting tools!
how to book:
To secure the place, you will need to complete a booking form. Booking forms can either be returned by email, along with payment by bacs, or returned in the post with a cheque. You will then be sent a booking confirmation, outlining where to go and what to bring. If you haven’t received confirmation with 10 days of sending in your booking form, please contact us on 01892 740303. Please note that once payment has been banked, the course will run as advertised, and we will expect to see you on the day unless you have notified us otherwise. We will issue a full refund if you give us 14 days notice of cancellation. Unfortunately if you cancel your place within 14 days of the course date, we will not be able to refund your course fee.
Bore Place, nr Edenbridge, Kent Courses and volunteer days are held at Bore Place, near 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 contact us page.
Depending on availability, Bore Place can offer B&B to course participants from £58 per person/night. Camping is available for £20 per person per night. It is essential that you contact Bore Place in advance to book either camping or bed and breakfast, and we ask that all guests respect each other’s privacy and, where appropriate, the peace and quiet of Bore Place