1 Day Workshop
This workshop will take place at Wrongs Covert Woodland Restoration Project in Lenwade, Norfolk.
This is an introductory workshop to green woodworking. You will learn about coppicing, how to handle green wood and traditional cleaving, sawing and whittling tools to make either a spoon or a mallet, and if you have time both. You will get to use a shave horse and a spoke shave to create the handle for your mallet and a bill hook to cleave your wood for whittling a spoon.
The process from start to finish is deeply satisfying, engaging and is very meditative. Working with hand tools in a woodland setting will transport you away from the stresses of your life and work routines. You will undoubtedly develop a deep respect for this craft and the role trees play in our lives.
£75 for one day, which includes all the materials. Numbers will be limited to 6.
1-1 tutoring would be charged at £75 per 3 hour session or £110 for the day.
Wrongs Covert Woodland Restoration Project. 25 acre woodland near along the River Wensum 12 miles NW of Norwich, near Lenwade In East Anglia, UK.
The term 'green' is used to refer to wood which is freshly cut - as opposed to seasoned wood, which has been stored and dried. Green wood has a great deal of sap in it, which makes working the wood easier.
Green woodworking is intimately linked with coppicing (an ancient form of woodland management) and was extensively practiced before the industrial revolution. Rather than transporting wood and labour to a workshop, much of the production took place in the woodland. The practice went into decline from the 18th century but more recently there has been a renewed interest in the sustainable nature of green woodworking practiced hand in hand with coppicing and woodland management.
It is widely recognised that working with wood in a natural setting has immense benefits to our health and well being.