Make a shave horse

Friday 5 May 2017



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 turner and greenwood worker, and regularly demonstrates at the Museum. A member of the Association of Pole Lathe Turners and of the Sussex and Surrey Coppice Group Mark became involved in greenwood working through conservation work, particularly the Lynchmere commons near Haslemere where he lives and where he is now the site manager for the mixed woodland and heathland site. In addition to pole lathe turning Mark also makes besom brooms, hay rakes, a range of coppice products and burns charcoal.

Participant information

The course will take place outside, so please wear clothing suitable for the weather. Please wear sturdy footwear. Feel free to bring your own tools if you have them.

It is advisable to wear layers of warm cloth.


£80 per person, inclusive of tuition, materials and use of tools. Tea and coffee are available.
The café will be open or you may like to bring a packed lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.