Introduction to green woodworking

Saturday 10 August 2019


To be added to the waiting list please call 01243 811021 or email [email protected]



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

Mervyn Mewis studied habitat management and is involved in voluntary conservation work which has led to the availability of native broadleaf timber. He also has a keen interest in woodwork and the initial production of simple furniture.

He has a City and Guilds woodwork qualification and studied musical instrument creation at West Dean College. Mervyn works full-time making all manner of timber objects; from green-oak gates to hurdy-gurdies and most things in-between.

He is currently working towards a Masters in Environmental Management and aims to heighten awareness and potential of native woodlands and the traditional methods which can be used to make aesthetic quality products.

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.


£70 per person to include all materials, tea and coffee. The Museum café will be open for lunch, or you may bring a packed lunch.