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Unique course, equipping students with a wide range of practical and theoretical woodcraft skills.

  • Jan – May, 2022
  • COST:  £1 600 (£100 deposit + £1 500 balance)
  • Venue:  The Northumberland Centre for Greenwood Craft at Kirkley Hall.

A longer more in-depth course covering a wide range of traditional greenwood craft subjects.

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GREENWOOD CRAFT FOUNDATION COURSE uniquely equips students with a range of practical and theoretical woodland craft skills. 

Bearing in mind the current pandemic situation we won’t be able to offer this course during 2021. If this course sounds interesting, get in touch so we can keep you in-touch for 2022.

Total of 22 training days and 2 additional days. Typically running Friday and Saturday each week, enrolling January 2021, completing early April 2021.  Exact dates to be advised.

Led by the north east’s foremost traditional woodland craftsman and greenwoodworker Maurice Pyle.  Other leading craft professionals involved include James Bedingfield, Phil Bradley and Lorna Singleton.


The exact range of modules taught are yet to be confirmed but will be similar to previous years:

  • Small woodland management and traditional coppice craft (2 days)
  • Charcoal Production (2 days)
  • Willow structures (2 days)
  • Make a pole lathe (2 days)
  • Make a shavehorse (2 days)
  • Hazel baskets (2 days)
  • Wooden bowl carving (1 day)
  • Spoon carving (2 days)
  • Tool sharpening (1 day)
  • Shrink boxes (1 day)
  • Willow baskets (2 days)
  • Cleft ash gates (2 days)
  • Business planning and start-up (1 day)

To register for this course either add to cart £100 as a DEPOSIT or give us a call to arrange.  The balance of £1 500 will become due prior to the commencement of the course in January 2022.

If the course does not go-ahead your DEPOSIT will be refunded in full.

FOR MORE INFORMATION email Claire or Maurice:

Entry Requirements
No specific entry requirements are required. Just an interest in working with your hands to make traditional utility items from green unseasoned wood.

How is the course taught?
The course is essentially practical. Much of the teaching takes place in our dedicated well equipped greenwood workshop and outdoors. All tools and materials are supplied.

Is the course assessed?
This is not an assessed course. However, the production of a portfolio to record each module will be strongly supported and encouraged.

Progression/Career opportunities
Many graduates from this course have established their own greenwood businesses. Others have gone on to work as independent craft makers, countryside managers, outdoor educators and interpreters.

This is a fantastic educational experience taught by practicing craftsmen and a superb addition to your CV.

Maximum number of students 7

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