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  • Greenwood Craft Foundation Course
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Greenwood Craft Foundation Course

5/5 1 review

Jan - April, 2019

COST:  £1,450

Venue:  The Northumberland Centre for Greenwood Craft at Kirkley Hall.

Longer course in a wide range of traditional greenwood craft subjects.

Uniquely equips students with a range of practical and theoretical woodland craft skills. 

Total of 22 training days and 2 additional days, typically running Friday and Saturday each week, enrolling January 2018, completing April 2019

Led by the north east's formost traditional woodland craftsman and greenwood worker Maurice Pyle and other leading craft professionals including James Bedingfield, Phil Bradley and Lorna Singleton

The course will comprise of the following units:

  • Small woodland management and traditional coppice craft (2 days)
  • Charcoal and firewood 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)

Entry Requirements
There are no specific entry requirements to join this course, 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 with much of the teaching taking place in our dedicated well equipped greenwood workshop and outdoors with all tools and materials supplied.

How 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 students graduating from this course have established their own greenwood businesses and others have gone on to work as craft makers, countryside management, outdoor education and interpretation.

This is a fantastic educational experience learning from practicing craftsmen and a superb addition to your CV.

Maximum number of students 7

To register for this course either pay a £100 DEPOSIT on-line below or give us a call to arrange.  The balance of £1 350 will become due prior to the commencement of the course in January 2019.

FOR MORE INFORMATION email Maurice: enquiries@woodsmithexperience.co.uk

Price: £100.00 (Inc. VAT)
Availability: Only 7 place(s) remaining.
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  • An excellent taster to green woodwork

    First off, this course did exactly what it said on the tin...gave me a really good introduction to a wide range of green woodworking tools, techniques and products. Not only was Maurice an excellent instructor, but he also brought in a raft of specialists nearly all of whom were also excellent. Maurice did a fine job of maintaining a balance of pace, simplicity and aesthetic beauty and I felt I walked away with many wooden products that I was genuinely proud of and able to replicate.

    Be under no illusions, this is a physically demanding course at times. Maurice sets students the worthy goal each weekend of walking away with their own 'product', be that bowl, spoon, pole lathe etc. The emphasis is on learning the techniques in hands-on way, but ideally leaving with a finished product of some beauty and utility. That gives a deadline to work to and sometimes that means many hours of demanding physical work. If you have injuries or the like (I have arthritis), consider this aspect carefully.

    Most of the work is done at Kirkley Hall campus in an upper storey room above a storage barn, with concrete floor. When it's cold outside, it's cold in there too, so come prepared with suitable layers.

    The group I studied with was small and all were committed to the course. We bonded as a group and had a really good time of it. it's quite a shared experience and I suspect most attendees will leave the course with a new network of friends and contacts in the craft.

    I'm delighted I went on the course and would thoroughly recommend it to others.

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