Greenwood Courses at Clissett Wood

Cleaving, using the froe

Development Weeks at Clissett Wood

During the annual Development Weeks, now in their twenty first year, we will wake the workshop up from its winter sleep.

On Week 1 we will partly rebuild the workshop as a Segal building

On Week 2 we will furnish the new workshop including some new pole lathes, shave horses and storage.

On 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 and some new equipment for the 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 gather some apples for a pressing. Bring a bottle and take some juice home.

Shiela Wynter will lead the sculptural willow weaving for screens and walkways and we will continue to upgrade some of the greenwood huts.

These weeks will involve some hard work, possibly in the cold and wet, but should prove a fascinating experience and there will be plenty of fun and good company.

Co tutored by Doug Joiner, there may be opportunities for projects in neighbouring Childer Wood. The fee covers the cost of all food and camping is free.

Turning on a pole-lathe



















Green Woodwork Introduction

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 a project of your choice.Courses are 2 1/2 days.


Using the side axe



Volunteer Work Placements

There may be opportunities for selected skilled volunteers to assist on courses or contribute their cooking skills throughout the season.

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 standard

To apply please send a letter of application with a brief CV to Gudrun at the contacts below.

Possible volunteers will be asked to attend the Development Week in April as part of the selection process.


Using the drawknife on the shave-horse































to contact Gudrun:

by email:
by phone or fax: 01531 640 125
or by post: Gudrun Leitz, Hill Farm, Stanley Hill, Bosbury, LEDBURY, Herefordshire, HR8 1HE