Working with Wood

  • Introduction to green woodworkingSunday 21 January 2018
    10am-5pm The course Spend a day immersed in the historic craft of green, or unseasoned, woodwork, learning what it is and why the concept evolved over time. Students can choose to make simple but useful green woodworking tools, or a basic charcoal maker’s seat. The tutor Mervyn Mewis studied habitat management and is involved in... (more info)
  • An introduction to chair makingSaturday 17 February 2018
    chair making
    9.30am-4.30pm The course A one-day introduction to traditional chair making. The day will begin with a discussion on different seating constructions and designs. A short foray into the museum woods will focus on the sustainable management of woodlands for timber requirements and we will explore the artistic potential using natural form, shape and texture. Using... (more info)
  • Carve a wooden bowlSunday 10 June 2018
    carve a wooden bowl course Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
    9am-5pm 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 tutors Jess Jay has been carving for 30+ years and tutored the subject at South Downs College. He has attended courses by renowned woodcarvers Ian Norbury... (more info)
  • Traditional English longbowFriday 26 - Sunday 28 January 2018
    9.00am-5pm The course There is a saying that ‘a great bow is nine tenths broken at full draw’, but by understanding the properties of timber and with skills, we can take timber to its limit (and return!) to produce an implement of incredible beauty and practicality. Starting with a simple stave of timber you will... (more info)
  • Woven hurdle makingSaturday 27 - Sunday 28 January 2018
    9.30am-5pm The course Hazel wattle hurdles were used for many years for penning sheep , today you are more likely to see them in the garden used for fences, screening off areas and also used for climbing plants such as clematis. In a slightly cruder fashion they are used in the development of “wattle and... (more info)
  • Sussex trug making workshopSaturday 3 - Sunday 4 March 2018
    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)
  • 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)
  • Gate hurdle making dayFriday 20 April 2018
    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 Shaker boxSaturday 21 April 2018
    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 will be supported step by step through the box making process, learning traditional Shaker... (more info)
  • Make a shave horseFriday 27 April 2018
    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 shavehorse. 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 lathe... (more info)
  • Introduction to pole lathe turningSaturday 28 April 2018
    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 basketrySaturday 12 May 2018
    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 9 June 2018
    carve a wooden bowl course Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
    9am-5pm 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 tutors Jess Jay has been carving for 30+ years and tutored the subject at South Downs College. He has attended courses by renowned woodcarvers Ian Norbury... (more info)
  • 9.30am-5pm The course An introduction to the boat archaeology of Kent, Sussex, and SE England covering the wide period of Bronze Age to the 20th century focussing on small vernacular boats, barges and coastal craft used in the rivers, estuaries, and along shore without which the economy of the region could not have functioned. The tutor Damian Goodburn BA Phd AIFA Studied general... (more info)
  • 9.30am-5pm The course There will be a brief talk with examples of larger scale domestic woodward of historic types, such as animal feeding troughs, dough troughs, carved bowls, dishes, platters, scoops, spades, ladles etc. and also a handling session with tools. Afterwards students will start to make a small carved trough, trying out basic techniques and tools. The tutor Damian Goodburn BA Phd AIFA... (more info)
  • Coracle making weekendSaturday 15 - Sunday 16 September 2018
    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)
  • Make a psalterySaturday 22 - Sunday 23 September 2018
    9.30am-4.30pm The course Participants will make a working replica of a simple medieval psaltery. These musical instruments appear in many medieval illustrations and carvings throughout Europe. The tutor Paul Baker is a professional early musician, who makes his living as a luthier. He has been making instruments professionally for over 20 years. Participant information Please wear warm layers that you... (more info)
  • Spoon carvingSaturday 29th September 2018
    10.30am-4.30m 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)
  • Spoon CarvingSunday 30 September 2018
    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 13 October 2018
    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)
  • Woodcarving WeekendSaturday 20 - Sunday 21 October 2018
    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 tutors Jess Jay has been carving for 30+ years and tutored the subject at South Downs College. He has attended... (more info)
  • Make a traditional woven sea grass stoolSaturday 3 - Sunday 4 November 2018
    9.30am-4.30pm The course Starting with a log section of a tree and some component parts, craft for yourself the necessary woodwork while learning historic methods of chair making. Using drawknife and drawhorse each student will create their own set of legs and joint these to form the solid wood frame on which to weave the... (more info)
  • Tool sharpeningWednesday 14 - Thursday 15 November 2018
    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)
  • Sussex trug making workshopSaturday 17 - Sunday 18 November 2018
    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)
  • Wood finishesSaturday 17 - Sunday 18 November 2018
    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)
  • 9.30am-5pm The course This one day course is for people who like the idea of working with wood but have no or little experience and are unsure of the names and usage of both handtools. Attendees will learn how to identify and use a selection of tools including bench plane, block plane, shoulder plane, rebate plane, moulding planes, chisels, gouges,... (more info)