Introduction to green woodworking

Sunday 12 January 2020




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 making their items, and spend a little time on the pole lathe if they wish. All materials, tools use, encouragement and help provided for the day.

The tutor

With a background in woodwork, woodlands and music Mervyn is an independent demonstrator, maker and tutor covering over twenty years of research and study.

Woodland management provides the raw materials that traditional skills and techniques then convert into items of use.  In particular Mervyn creates chairs from historic designs and a small number of musical instruments.

He is very keen to involve others and help them to learn and appreciate the potential of native woodlands and the traditional methods which can be used to make aesthetic quality products for themselves.

Participant information

The course will be limited to 6 participants.

Please wear warm, sensible working clothes and sturdy footwear.

All tools are provided on the course.


£75 per person to include all materials, tea and coffee. The Museum café will be open for lunch, or you may bring a packed lunch.