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Small Woods Association

We offer courses on practical skills for the management of small woodlands, green woodworking and crafts. Small Woods deliver a suite of accredited woodland management courses, with subsidised rates for our members and support new entrants to the coppice and sustainable woodland management sector through our apprenticeships.

Short Courses

01/06/2024 Make a Mike Abbott style shave horse 1 Day

Coalbrookdale, Small Woods Association 01952 432769 office@smallwoods.org.uk c-js.info/3VjoeJ1

Make & use a shave-horse in a day! Designed by green wood chairmaker, teacher & author Mike Abbott, these slightly crude but wonderfully functional shave-horses are assembled using lengths of 4x2, sturdy screws, simple tools, and a cordless drill.

Cost £120

02/06/2024 Rustic Rake Making 1 Day

Coalbrookdale, Small Woods Association 01952 432769 office@smallwoods.org.uk c-js.info/3VjoeJ1

Make your own garden rake! Using green ash wood, you will spend the day cleaving and shaping components using traditional tools and devices – a shave-horse and drawknife, a tyne-cutter and a brace and bit – before fixing it all together and giving it a try on some of the many shavings you will have created throughout the day.

Cost £95

08/06/2024 Relief Carving in Wood 1 Day

Coalbrookdale, Small Woods Association 01952 432769 office@smallwoods.org.uk c-js.info/3TmsVPk

Learn wood carving techniques whilst making a relief carving. You will be guided through all the stages of from wood selection, to buying and maintaining your tools, using knives and chisels safely and effectively, and creating texture along with finishing techniques.

Cost £95

09/06/2024 Bowl carving 1 Day

Coalbrookdale, Small Woods Association 01952 432769 office@smallwoods.org.uk c-js.info/3vjATRm

Learn how to carve your very own bowl using traditional tools and techniques, with master craftsman Pete Lloyd. You will learn: How to set up a bowl mate How to select appropriate timber How to measure and mark up A variety of carving techniques using axe, adze and chisels Finishing techniques

Cost £95

10/06/2024 Introduction to Woodland Management AIM L3 2 Days

Coalbrookdale, Small Woods Association 01952 432769 office@smallwoods.org.uk c-js.info/49R8UYh

This two-day course will help build the background knowledge needed to manage your woodland sustainably and work towards creating resilient, productive woods.

Cost £180

30/06/2024 Introduction to Pole Lathe Turning 1 Day

Coalbrookdale, Small Woods Association 01952 432769 office@smallwoods.org.uk c-js.info/4cfnSJo

Spend a day at the Green Wood Centre learning how to turn fresh green wood on a foot-powered pole-lathe and create your own unique items eg. rolling-pin, chair leg, garden dibber.

Cost £95

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