Who’s it for?
This greenwood working weekend has been carefully designed for those who would like to develop their craft skills working with traditional, sustainable materials in a stunning ancient woodland location.
Whilst we are certain that you will leave us with some great hand crafted items, you will also leave us with new found confidence and ability having mastered two of bushcraft’s most essential tools, the knife and axe.
What will I do?
We will start the course by showing you how to safely use an axe. We’ll look at selecting your wood, splitting techniques and a variety of methods to cross cut the wood for the raw materials.
You will be shown how to cleft greenwood and use an axe and a shave horse to shape the wood.
You will then get to use a traditional woodland pole lathe where students have turned dibblers, rolling pins, spirtles, honey drizzlers, chair legs and even potato mashers!
Traditional Hay Rake
You’ll make your very own traditional hay rake from materials sourced in our ancient woodland.
- We will show you how to coppice hazel stems, de-bark and split them for the handle .
- You’ll learn how to cross cut and cleft ash for the head and tines using a froe.
- You’ll use an axe, draw knife and brace & bit to make the head and a tine cutter to shape the tines.
- Then you’ll assemble the whole thing where we will explain resistance joints and how they work!
Turning tools, froes, draw knives, a selection of axes and crook knives are all provided.
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You can see our complete course schedule here.
Location: Westwell, Kent
Duration: 2 1/2 days
Start: 6pm Friday
End: 4pm Sunday
Course size: Maximum of 8
Catering: Fully catered
Note: There is a short walk from the meeting point to the camp. We’ll transport your bags in our 4×4.
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a really well run course. we all finished our projects to take home which goes to show how well Gary, Ross and Nicola adapted their help and instruction to the different abilities we students turned up with. It would be a good course for any wood turner who has yet to try greenwood turning or the pole lath. The social side of the course is just an other plus. Thank you for a fantastic weekend.
What a fantastic weekend. Both Gary from Jack Raven Bushcraft and Ross have a fantastic amount of knowledge and experience. They're instruction techniques are excellent as they both guide you with what to do and allow you to get hands on and do it.They are extremely approachable if any help or guidance is needed and I never felt uncomfortable asking for help.The food cooked on site by Nicola is brilliant and all dietary needs can be catered for if given notice.This is a wonderful course run by wonderful people and I strongly urge you to check out all Jack Raven Bushcraft and Kaos Blacksmiths courses, you will not be disappointed!!