using the froe
the annual Development Weeks, now in
their twenty first year,
will wake the workshop up from its winter sleep.
On Week 1 we will partly rebuild the workshop as a Segal
Week 2 we will furnish the new workshop including
some new pole lathes, shave horses and storage.
Week 3 we will have a general tidy up in Clissett
Wood and Childer Wood. We will put the workshop away
for the winter. We will make benches
workshop. We will cut and split firewood, some of which
you will be able to take home with you. We will cut
some coppice. There will be opportunities for some
horse work. We will plant and 'beat up' oak, wild
service ad cherry trees. We will also cut and split
firewood in the orchards and
Bring a bottle and take some juice home.
Wynter will lead the sculptural willow weaving for
screens and walkways and we will continue to upgrade
some of the greenwood huts.
weeks will involve some hard work, possibly in
the cold and wet, but should prove a fascinating
and there will be plenty of fun and good company.
The fee covers
the cost of all food and camping is free.
on a pole-lathe
An ideal taster
for beginners to become familiar with the basic tools and
techniques of green
woodwork. Starting from the freshly felled tree you will
learn to cleave the wood with axes and wedges, and shape
it further with drawknives before turning it on the pole-lathe.
You will also learn what to look for when buying tools,
how to sharpen them, what woods are best to use, and more.
Expect to leave with a stool or several turned items such
as candlesticks, spoons, tool-handles, baby-rattles or
project of your choice.Courses are 2 1/2 days.
the side axe
may be opportunities for selected skilled volunteers to
assist on courses or contribute their cooking skills throughout
There are no payments but
food and camping is free. Volunteers often stay for the
whole season because it is such a superb opportunity to
develop their green wood and teaching skills to a high
apply please send a letter of application with
a brief CV to Gudrun at the contacts below.
volunteers will be asked to attend the Development
Week in April as part of the selection process.
the drawknife on the shave-horse