Axe Making by The Green Wood Guild - crafts in London
Axe Making by The Green Wood Guild - crafts in London

Axe Making

by The Green Wood Guild

2 reviews
2 reviews
Turn an old axe head into a beautiful carving hatchet. Learn about tool renovation and master the anicent art of axe hafting!

Woodworking Class

6 hour workshop

Beginner

Various locations

6 hour workshop
£120 per person

Classes

6 hour workshop

Daytime

Spend a day taking a stock axe head, carving & fitting a new wooden handle and honing it to a razor sharp edge, before learning to use it by carving a classic wooden tent peg!

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.

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Sat 15 Dec, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sun 16 Dec, 10:00am - 4:00pm
1 slot left
Whitechapel, E1 3DG
1 slot left

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Did you know?

Ash wood (as used in this class) has been traditionally used for axe hafts and other tool handles for millenia, in cultures across the world. It's natural tensile strength, durability and abundancy have made it a tree that is central to traditional wood culture - closely bonded to human kind. Green woodwork remains the most efficient and effective way to make functional items from wood, focusing on skilled tool work and a much deeper relationship and understanding of wood as a material.
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Anonymous
26 Sep
I've taken the Axe Making and the Bowl Carving courses at the Green Wood Guild and they are both AWESOME! The Axe Making course is super exciting - working through all the steps to shape the axe head after it's been heated up red hot in the furnace (scary but totally safe), then tempering, sharpening then carving and fitting the handle. It's the coolest thing! The bowl carving course involved using some really interesting tools too. The teachers are all very relaxed and knowledgeable which is nice. The venue is also lovely at lovely location on Stepney City farm. There's a cafe for lunch and a delicious food market on Saturdays. Give it go! You know you want to ;)
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Anonymous
29 Oct
A really great team of people running the best wood working facility in London. The instructors have years of experience and heaps of passion that they are extremely happy to share. I would 100% recommend taking a spoon making class or an axe forging workshop! Thanks!

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Anonymous
26 Sep
I've taken the Axe Making and the Bowl Carving courses at the Green Wood Guild and they are both AWESOME! The Axe Making course is super exciting - working through all the steps to shape the axe head after it's been heated up red hot in the furnace (scary but totally safe), then tempering, sharpening then carving and fitting the handle. It's the coolest thing! The bowl carving course involved using some really interesting tools too. The teachers are all very relaxed and knowledgeable which is nice. The venue is also lovely at lovely location on Stepney City farm. There's a cafe for lunch and a delicious food market on Saturdays. Give it go! You know you want to ;)
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Anonymous
29 Oct
A really great team of people running the best wood working facility in London. The instructors have years of experience and heaps of passion that they are extremely happy to share. I would 100% recommend taking a spoon making class or an axe forging workshop! Thanks!

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This workshop takes place in multiple different locations. Click on SEE DATES to see which workshop takes place where.

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Axe Making by The Green Wood Guild - crafts in London

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.

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Notes

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.

Requirements

No previous experience is required. This class is for adults only (18 and over).

Flexible cancellation policy

Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.

6 hour workshop
£120 per person
6 hour workshop
from £120 per person