Greenwood Courses at Clissett Wood

Cleaving, using the froe

Development Week at Clissett Wood

During this annual Development Week, now in its twenty second year, we will wake the workshop up from its winter slumber.

Shiela Wynter will lead the sculptural willow weaving for screens and walkways.

The week will offer a number of tasks in small groups - from woodland management to workshop repair (& possibly part replacement) to making some new shave horses and other equipment.

The week will involve some hard work, in variable weather, but should prove a fascinating experience and there will be plenty of fun and good company.

The fee covers the cost of all food and camping is free.

Please apply stating interests & past experience.

Turning on a pole-lathe

Using the drawknife on the shave-horse

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.

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