What you will do
6 hour workshop
Spend a day taking a stock axe head, carving & fitting a new wooden handle and honing it to a razor sharp edge.
The axe is the quintessential woodworking accessory and one of the oldest tools used by mankind.
In this class you’ll use traditional hand tools such as the draw knife and sloyd knife to carve a handle from sturdy ash wood, before learning how to haft it to your axe head, fitting with a wooden wedge and finishing with Swedish linseed oil.
We’ll then sharpen and polish your axe and finish by carving a tent peg as you learn the key skills of traditional axe carving.
You’ll take your new carving axe home with you, and we’ll also discuss some of the basics of tool restoration, maintenance and what makes a good carving axe.
Did you know?
We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
About your host, The Green Wood Guild
Based in their beautiful workshop on Stepney City Farm, Green Wood Guild offer a fantastic range of courses, workshops and taster sessions in all aspects of green woodwork, as well as joinery classes. All the woodwork is based on time-honoured woodworking skills & techniques, working with traditional hand tools, and often using wood straight from the tree, whilst it is still fresh. For the joinery classes they use seasoned wood which has been locally sourced.
The inclusive course structure at The Green Wood Guild is perfect for anyone with an interest in green woodworking or joinery, and is based around a love for the craft and passion for teaching, covering everything from knife carving to furniture making.
All tools and materials are provided, so there's no need to bring anything! Tea, coffee and choccy biccies will be available throughout the day. Students should bring a packed lunch, or there is an excellent farmer's market on site as well as cafes we can recommend nearby.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.