Working with Wood

  • Gate hurdle making dayWednesday 13 May 2020
    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)
  • Introduction to green woodworkingSunday 12 January 2020
    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)
  • Introduction to green woodworkingSaturday 11 January 2020
    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 17 - Sunday 19 January 2020
    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)
  • Traditional English longbowFriday 7 - Sunday 9 February 2020
    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)
  • chair making
    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 on to explore how each of these parts were made, experiencing and learning all... (more info)
  • Sussex trug making workshopSaturday 14 - Sunday 15 November 2020
    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)
  • Make a shave horseFriday 24 April 2020
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    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 25 April 2020
    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)
  • Spoon Carving: BeginnersSunday 27 September 2020
    10.00am-4.30pm The course Learn basic wood carving skills from a spoon carving expert and carve a version of a spoon found on the Mary Rose using axe and knife. 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... (more info)
  • Make a Shaker boxWednesday 6 May 2020
    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)
  • Bark basketryMonday 8 June 2020
    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)
  • Coracle making weekendSaturday 26 - Sunday 27 September 2020
    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 Carving: BeginnersSaturday 28 March 2020
    10.00am-4.30pm The course Learn basic wood carving skills from a spoon carving expert and carve a version of a spoon found on the Mary Rose using axe and knife. 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... (more info)
  • Spoon Carving: AdvancedSunday 29 March 2020
    10.00am-4.30pm The course A day for those with some experience of spoon carving to take their skills to the next level. Make a 17th century inspired eating spoon with decorated handle. The tutor JoJo Wood has been carving almost since she could walk. She spent her early years travelling the world with her father, meeting... (more info)
  • Spoon Carving: AdvancedSaturday 26 September 2020
    10.00am-4.30pm The course A day for those with some experience of spoon carving to take their skills to the next level. Make a 17th century inspired eating spoon with decorated handle. The tutor JoJo Wood has been carving almost since she could walk. She spent her early years travelling the world with her father, meeting... (more info)
  • Traditional wooden rake makingSaturday 17 October 2020
    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 25 - Sunday 26 January 2020
    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 1 - Sunday 2 February 2020
    9.30am-4pm 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)
  • Letter carving in woodSaturday 29 - Sunday 30 August 2020
    9.30am-4pm The course A chance to have a go at forming letters and working on a project in this weekend hands-on course.  You will learn the basics of letter carving in wood and take home what you have made. The tutor Sarah Goss specialises in providing bespoke hand carved items ranging from lettering and relief... (more info)
  • Wood finishesFriday 27 - Saturday 28 November 2020
    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 14 - Sunday 15 March 2020
    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)
  • Tool sharpeningWednesday 25 - Thursday 26 November 2020
    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 chair courseWednesday 24 - Sunday 28 June 2020
    9.30am-4.30pm The course Spend a week making a traditional post and rung chair. Get to grips with cleaving, shaving, steam bending and setting, then the lay-out and jointwork of the necessary parts. This course is the ideal follow-on from any of the shorter similar courses in the programme, but although that will be helpful, it... (more info)
  • Make a folding tableSaturday 25 - Sunday 26 July 2020
    9.30am-4.30pm The course Starting with sawn boards for the table top and materials for the leg structure, each student will design and create their own individual table. Styles and sizes will vary depending on the maker and the intended use and location of the table. No previous experience necessary, although attendance of other green wood... (more info)