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A unique course, equipping students with a wide range of practical and theoretical traditional woodcraft skills.

  • Jan – April, 2023
  • COST:  £1 700 (£100 deposit + £1 600 balance)
  • Venue:  The Northumberland Centre for Greenwood Craft at Kirkley Hall. Near Ponteland

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

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

A total of 24 training days, typically running each Friday and Saturday, starting January 2023, completing April 2023.

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.


  • Induction Day (1 day)                         14 Jan
  • Shrink boxes (1 day)                            15 Jan
  • Small woodland management and traditional coppice craft (2 days)      21-22 Jan
  • Charcoal Production (2 days)           28-29 Jan
  • Willow structures (2 days)                4-5 Feb
  • Make a pole lathe (2 days)                 11-12 Feb
  • Make a shavehorse (2 days)              25-26 Feb
  • Hazel baskets (2 days)                        4-5 March
  • Tool sharpening (1 day)                     11 March
  • Wooden bowl carving (1 day)           12 March
  • Spoon carving (2 days)                      18-19 March
  • Willow baskets (2 days)                     25-26 March
  • Cleft ash gates (2 days)                       1-2 April
  • Business planning and start-up (1 day)   8 April
  • Catch-up day (1 day)                           9 April

To register for this course, either add the £100 DEPOSIT to your cart or give us a call to arrange.  The balance of £1 500 will become due prior to the commencement of the course in January 2023.

If the course does not go-ahead your £100 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 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.

GREENWOOD FOUNDATION COURSE 2023 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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