What you will do
Four session course
This is a four day course, taught on consecutive Thursdays/ Fridays, outdoors at our woodland workshop.
This course is designed to give participants an introduction to green woodworking using unseasoned wood straight from the log and hand tools. Suitable for all including complete beginners, those who have carpentry experience but are new to green woodwork, and those who have done a little green woodwork and would like to learn more. The course is also an induction to the London Green Wood workshop at Abney Park Cemetery and participants are invited to continue using the workshop after the course.
Inlcuded in the price of the course is your own wood carving knife to use and to keep.
In this class
Through making a series of practice projects, such as spoons and spatulas, you will learn: the principles of green woodwork, safe and confident axe techniques, knife grips from the Swedish tradition of spoon carving, tool sharpening and tool maintenance.
By the end of the course we hope participants will feel confident to continue to make things in wood, either on their own or at our regular Thursday and Friday open workshop sessions. So this course should be seen as the beginning of a wood affair.
Now you can
- Look after and sharpen your own tools
- Continue making in wood, either at home or at the London Green Wood workshop
- Give handmade presents to your friends and family
Select a class time
Fri 24 Jan, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Fri 31 Jan, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Fri 7 Feb, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Thu 12 Mar, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Thu 19 Mar, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Thu 26 Mar, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Fri 1 May, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Fri 15 May, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Fri 22 May, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Thu 9 Jul, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Thu 16 Jul, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Thu 23 Jul, 9:00am - 4:00pm
None of the dates work for you? Let the host know and you will be notified when new dates are added.
You will only receive an email from us if new dates are added for this class, you will not receive any marketing emails, and that's a promise!
Did you know?
We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
About your host, London Green Wood
London Green Wood is a non-profit community of woodworkers practising rural crafts in the city. Based at Abney Park Cemetery, a small woodland in Hackney, we work with green wood straight from the log and hand tools. All the wood we use has been felled locally.
We have been running events and teaching courses at our woodland workshop since 2011. We promise a beautiful setting, friendly people, the satisfaction of learning new skills and a fire when it gets chilly. We run courses for adults, for groups and for families. We also run a twice weekly 'Wood Club' community workshop and monthly volunteering days to build equipment at the workshop.
We have no indoor space and will be working outside in all weathers (under a tarp if it rains) so please come prepared. No sandals or bare feet please. Walking boots or work boots if you can, a thick sole will help to keep your feet warm in cold weather. In winter, fingerless gloves can be good, but no full gloves when working with tools. If you use reading glasses please bring them with you, you will need these when we practice tool sharpening. Also long nails will make everything harder. Tea and coffee are provided, snacks to share with the group are always welcome.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.