- Introduction to Green Woodwork
October 9, 2021 - October 10, 2021
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
The intention of this course is to give each participant a brief and broad first contact with green woodwork. It will be led by experienced green woodwork tutor, Tom Dillon, and is aimed primarily at beginners and newcomers to the craft who are just setting out on their green wood journey. The structure of the course will be open and fluid – allowing participant projects and learning to flow with the group consensus. Each participant should leave the course with at least one entirely self-made green wood craft item (and perhaps several!), and hopefully with a big smile on their face. A typical item that participants can hope to create could include a rolling pin, a rustic stool, a cooking spatula, a spoon, a shrink pot, a candle-stick, a bowl.
On day 1, you will have the chance to try out the main tools and techniques of a green woodworker, mainly using an axe, shave-horse and pole-lathe. On day 2, you will move towards more intricate work with hand-tools, including knives and gouges. The course will close with a celebration of the craft work created over the two days, and an opportunity for reflection and discussion on everyone’s next steps in their green woodwork journey.
The course can accommodate beginners as well as those seeking to hone and develop their green woodworking skillset.
We will be working outside so please check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.
A small class size of just 6 people.
You must be aged 18 or over to attend this course.
Green woodworking is a physical activity, so please bear this in mind before you book.
All tools needed for the day are provided, and the materials are included in the cost of the workshop.
Please bring a packed lunch. Hot drinks are provided.
About your tutor
Tom is a local Green Woodworker currently based in Stourbridge. He has been working, living and learning in the woods for over ten years.
Tom started out as a green wood stool and chair-maker – training with and assisting Mike Abbott on his renowned chair-making courses in 2011.
Tom lived and worked in various woodlands around Herefordshire for the following three years – volunteering on round-wood timber framing projects, teaching woodwork at a community farm, and carving spoons and turning bowls and baby’s rattles on a pole-lathe in his spare time.
For the past seven years, Tom has been teaching green woodwork and managing a small woodland near Kinver for a local craft-based college.