New dates announced early 2018!
I'm running weekend courses at a friend's woodland in Worcestershire this summer and autumn. Join me for two days of woodland craft, a world away from the city. These trips are meant to be relaxing, fun and a chance to learn about green woodworking in the great outdoors.
On the first morning you'll select and fell your own ash tree, then limb and split it into workable logs. Working in pairs you'll use the green timber to make some legs for a shaving horse - a traditional bodging tool that you sit astride to hold the wood while you shape it. You'll then use the shaving horse and traditional green woodworking tools to make a wooden spoon, spatula and butterknife from the rest of your tree that you can show off at home.
The 14 acre ash woodland is on a gently sloping site and features two clearings. We'll be camping at the top edge of the woodland and wake up to a breathtaking view of the Malvern Hills. Food will be provided by woodland owners Maureen and Charlie, and we'll fire up the pizza oven followed by a campfire on Saturday night.
The project is suitable for beginners and improvers, with a maximum of eight on each course. I'll provide all the tools you need, including a whittling knife that you can take home and keep. If you've attended my evening classes you'll know to expect an informal but informative weekend.
The woodland is near the village of Welland, to the south of Great Malvern in Worcestershire. It lies at the foot of the Malvern Hills, which is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Trains with no changes depart hourly from London Paddington to Great Malvern and from there the woodland is a ten minute drive by taxi, or we can pick you up depending on timings.
If you prefer to drive, there is plenty of parking on the surfaced track at the entrance to the meadow, just below the wood. Contact me if you would like to arrange car sharing.
You'll want to arrive by 10pm on Friday or before 9.30 on Saturday and depart after 2pm on Sunday.