Courses

There are courses for all levels of interest and ability from finding out without hands on involvement, through introductions to various skills, to full-on maker courses.

I also run courses for small groups e.g. birthday parties, maximum 5 people, minimum age 9 years.

Most courses take place in Strid wood near the River Wharfe in my workshop which is open-air but covered from rain. Courses can be tailored to your needs, e.g father and son sessions. I can also accommodate larger groups by arrangement e.g. corporate outings.

Here are examples of what’s on offer:

A day in the woods, introduction to green woodworking

£60 per person for a one day group course (maximum of 4 people).  Includes all materials and tools are provided.  You will make a wooden mallet and a rounders bat.

Learn about:
selection of timber for different purposes;
using the axe as a splitting and hewing tool;
using the draw knife and shave horse;
turning green wood using the pole lathe;
drilling inch holes using a scotch eye auger (hand drill);
making and fixing tool handles;
Courses can cover any particular green woodworking tool you would like to know more about.

Making garden items, half day

The Bodgery, Strid Wood

The Bodgery, Strid Wood

You will be able to make various garden items from ash dividers to hazel obelisks, woodland animals to simple benches.  Watch out for dates, or email me to fix a date for a party of up to 5 people.

Beginner level, age 9 to 90.

Courses at Malham Tarn Centre

In August/September run weekend residential courses at the FSC centre on the stunning Malham Tarn Estate.  Check details here.

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Video extract of a shrink pot course.

Animal making

Deer, fox pig, even badgers (not illustrated)

Deer, fox pig, even badgers (not illustrated)

I’ll be running the next deer making course 10am to 2pm November and December weekends.  These are very popular and involve up to 5 people and can be booked for a group, or you can share a social event with others. The places for the course on 14th December are all taken, there is one place left on the 24th November course.  So far plenty of places on other weekends.

Cost including materials, homemade soup & roll £35.

Please email me at rilaw@mac.com to book a place.

ladiesRead about a previous course here: http://flyingshavings.co.uk/2010/12/04/a-four-legged-workshop/

The course lasts for about four hours 10am to 2pm, including a break for lunch.  The location is at my workshop in Strid Wood by the River Wharfe: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5003/5232032587_cd84448893.jpg

Lunch will be a steaming bowl of veggie soup heated on the rocket stove accompanied by a home-baked wholemeal roll (that is, NOT bought -in!).

The skill level is beginner.  I will provide all materials and tools and advice, but you will decide how your deer will look – they are all different.

If you are interested, please drop me an email.  The cost is £35.

Better than shopping!

Woodland introduction

A combined talk and demonstration of woodland management and demonstration of greenwood techniques. This course can be given to family/school/walking groups.

Tool skills

£60 for a half-day course.

Learn about:
knife handling and use;
introduction to using the axe as a splitting, hewing and carving tool;
sharpening edge tools;
using the stock knife.
Courses can cover any particular green woodworking tool you would like to know more about.

Fire wood

Ask yourself the following questions. If you feel you need to know more, come to a timber workshop in Strid Wood and become a wood wizard.

Do you know how to make kindling? What tools are best to use?

Do you throw wood away? How are your hand-saw skills?

How can we split a log? What’s a sawing horse?

What types of timber are best for firewood?

When is wood dry enough to burn?

Does your axe need sharpening? Do you need a chopping block? Do you know what a maul is for and can you make one?

Do you want to know a bit more about native timber? Read on …

Can you recognise trees from leaves or even in Winter when there are no leaves? Which woods are poisonous? Which timber is best for use out of doors, which is best for the kitchen? Can bark be used for anything?

Wood skills

Learn about:
selection of timber;
properties of green wood;
properties of different native species of timber;
splitting logs for wood work (hands-on);
charcoal making (hands-on);
converting and storing timber for firewood
making non-turned treen such as: tent pegs; butter knives; spatulas; deer; elves.

 

 

Lathe skills

Introduction to pole lathe turning:
preparing billets for the lathe;
roughing out;
working to preset dimensions;
making of dibbers, rounders bats, spurtles etc

 

Makers skills

The sky’s the limit; from basic construction techniques starting with a simple rustic stool to a post and rung chair including weaving elm bast natural seating. Maybe you would like to learn how to construct garden items such as small fences and dividers or perhaps an outdoor bench. Regardless of whether you have some wood working skills already or are a complete beginner, a course can be designed for you.

 

email me for more details: rilaw@mac.com