Working with Wood

  • Introduction to green woodworkingSunday 20 January 2019
    FULL
    9.30am-4.00pm The course This course covers coppice woodlands, their management, history and uses. Discussions on the products created from these and the skills required to turn into useful tools and items of everyday furniture. Experience the craft by making a mallet and a charcoal-makers stool using traditional tools. Students will use drawhorse and drawknife in... (more info)
  • Traditional English longbowFriday 25 - Sunday 27 January 2019
    9.30am-5pm The course Starting with a simple stave of timber you will learn to shape a fully working bow based on the design of the great bow of the hundred years war. The tutor John Rhyder is an expert naturalist specialising in outdoor skills and human relationships with the natural world. He offers intriguing knowledge... (more info)
  • To be added to the waiting list please call 01243 811021 or email [email protected] 9.30am-4.30pm The course Learn all the skills used in traditional chair making in an intensive one-day course. Using locally sourced hardwood component parts each student assembles and completes their own three legged stool. While the jointwork is drying we then go... (more info)
  • chair making
    To be added to the waiting list please call 01243 811021 or email [email protected] 9.30am-4.30pm The course Learn all the skills used in traditional chair making in an intensive one-day course. Using locally sourced hardwood component parts each student assembles and completes their own three legged stool. While the jointwork is drying we then go... (more info)
  • Make a side tableFriday 22 - Sunday 24 February 2019
    9.30am-4.30pm The course Make a side table for the patio or garden using locally sourced hardwood timbers. Using a mix of prepared components and fresh timber, create your very own piece of furniture. Individual styles and finished tables will be discussed; each will be unique to the maker. All students will experience and get to... (more info)
  • Sussex trug making workshopSaturday 2 - Sunday 3 March 2019
    FULL
    To be added to the waiting list please call 01243 811021 or email [email protected] 9.30am-4.30pm The course Over the two days participants will be shown the process of cleaving and shaving chestnut to produce the handle and rim for their Trug and will be shown how to steam and bend both chestnut and the willow... (more info)
  • 9.30am-5pm The course An introduction to up to date archaeological evidence for the dynamic changes in natural and managed trees (woodmanship) and woodland from prehistoric times to around 1800. The day will involve illustrated talks and site walks. The tutor Damian Goodburn BA Phd AIFA Studied general archaeology for a BA at the Institute of... (more info)
  • Make a Shaker boxSaturday 30 March 2019
    FULL
    To be added to the waiting list please call 01243 811021 or email [email protected] 9.30am-5pm The course This is a one day course during which you will learn how to make a beautiful oval Shaker Box. Along the way you will learn something about Shaker designs and communities. No previous woodworking experience is needed. You... (more info)
  • Gate hurdle making dayFriday 17 April 2019
    10am-4pm The course Learn how to make a basic sturdy traditional Sweet Chestnut gate hurdle, to go around stock or in a gateway. The tutor Julian Bell is Curator at the Weald and Downland Living Museum, he is responsible for the care, research, interpretation and development of the Designated buildings and artefact collections and improvements... (more info)
  • Make a shave horseFriday 26 April 2019
    FULL
    9.30am-4.30pm The course This day is for those keen to make a start in greenwood working with the construction of their own shave horse. All materials will be provided and participants will spend the day making the component parts and then assembling their own shave horse. The tutor Mark Allery is a full time pole... (more info)
  • Introduction to pole lathe turningSaturday 27 April 2019
    9.30am-4.30pm The course An introduction to wood turning on the traditional pole lathe. A friendly and informal course during which participants will have the opportunity to use traditional tools and to turn simple objects. The tutor Mark Allery is a full time pole lathe turner and greenwood worker, and regularly demonstrates at the Museum. A... (more info)
  • 9.30am-4.30pm The course An introduction to wood turning on the traditional pole lathe. A friendly and informal course during which participants will have the opportunity to use traditional tools and to turn simple objects. The tutor Mark Allery is a full time pole lathe turner and greenwood worker, and regularly demonstrates at the Museum. A... (more info)
  • Bark basketrySunday 19 May 2019
    9.30am-4pm The course Bark is a traditional material that has been used across the globe and it is therefore likely that our ancestors used this material in similar ways. This day course will cover a variety of designs and uses for bark including folded containers and woven craft work. The tutor John Rhyder is an... (more info)
  • Carve a wooden bowlSaturday 29 June 2019
    carve a wooden bowl course Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
    9.30am-4.30pm The course Learn the basics of woodcarving with this hands-on course whilst carving a leaf-shaped bowl which can be taken home at the end of the day. The tutor Sarah Goss specialises in providing bespoke hand carved items ranging from lettering and relief decoration to producing architectural details and gilded frames. After graduating in... (more info)
  • Carve a wooden bowlSunday 30 June 2019
    carve a wooden bowl course Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
    9.30am-4.30pm The course Learn the basics of woodcarving with this hands-on course whilst carving a leaf-shaped bowl which can be taken home at the end of the day. The tutor Sarah Goss specialises in providing bespoke hand carved items ranging from lettering and relief decoration to producing architectural details and gilded frames. After graduating in... (more info)
  • Coracle making weekendSaturday 31 August - Sunday 1 September 2019
    9.30am-4.30pm The course Coracles are traditional riverboats. Round in shape, they are paddled with one oar. On this two-day course you will make a traditional coracle to take home, and try out your boating skills on the Museum’s millpond. The tutors Kevin and Ellen Grimley have been making coracles since 1995 and have led coracle... (more info)
  • Spoon CarvingSaturday 28th September 2019
    10.30am-4.30pm The course Develop basic wood carving skills by learning the steps to carve your own unique spoon using axe and knife carving techniques. The tutor JoJo Wood has been carving almost since she could walk. She spent her early years travelling the world with her father, meeting craftspeople and amassing woodwork skills and knowledge.... (more info)
  • Spoon CarvingSunday 29 September 2019
    10.30am-4.30pm The course Develop basic wood carving skills by learning the steps to carve your own unique spoon using axe and knife carving techniques. The tutor JoJo Wood has been carving almost since she could walk. She spent her early years travelling the world with her father, meeting craftspeople and amassing woodwork skills and knowledge. She... (more info)
  • Traditional wooden rake makingSaturday 12 October 2019
    9.30am-4.30pm The course Make a wooden rake and tailor its size to your needs. You will make the rake head, fit the pegs as well as prepare and fit the handle. The tutor Mark Allery is a full time pole lathe turner and greenwood worker, and regularly demonstrates at the Museum. A member of the... (more info)
  • Make a woven top stoolSaturday 19 - Sunday 20 Ocotber 2019
    9.30am-4.30pm The course Learn all the skills required to assemble a stool frame from locally sourced and prepared hardwood components. Once assembled we will explore and experience how these were made, and replicate all the necessary procedures. Day two will undertake the weaving and completing of this traditional piece of furniture. Physical strength is not... (more info)
  • Woodcarving WeekendSaturday 2 - Sunday 3 November 2019
    9am-5pm The course From a choice of five, select a carving project to complete on this two day hands-on course. You will learn the basics of woodcarving and take home what you have made. The tutor Sarah Goss specialises in providing bespoke hand carved items ranging from lettering and relief decoration to producing architectural details... (more info)
  • Tool sharpeningWednesday 13 - Thursday 14 November 2019
    9.30am-5pm The course Learn how to sharpen wood cutting tools to professional standards and select new or second-hand tools that are well engineered. This two day course has been designed for those with little or no previous tool sharpening experience, who enjoy working with wood but have found difficulty achieving a satisfying standard of work... (more info)
  • Wood finishesFriday 15 - Saturday 16 November 2019
    9.30am-5pm The course This is an intensive 2 day course suitable for beginners or those wanting to improve their skills. Students will learn how to take a project right through from initial preparation to a good final finish. Along the way you will be shown the value of choosing both the right materials and good... (more info)
  • Sussex trug making workshopSaturday 16 - Sunday 17 November 2019
    9.30am-4.30pm The course Over the two days participants will be shown the process of cleaving and shaving chestnut to produce the handle and rim for their Trug and will be shown how to steam and bend both chestnut and the willow used for the boards of the Trug. The final part will involve assembling their... (more info)