using the froe
Development Week at Clissett Wood
During this annual Development Week, now in its twenty second
year, we will wake the workshop up from its winter slumber.
Wynter will lead the sculptural willow weaving for
screens and walkways.
The week will offer a number of tasks in small groups
- from woodland management to workshop repair (& possibly
part replacement) to making some new shave horses and
The week will involve some hard work, in variable weather,
but should prove a fascinating experience and there will
be plenty of fun and good company.
The fee covers the cost of all food and camping is free.
Please apply stating interests & past experience.
on a pole-lathe
the drawknife on the shave-horse
An ideal taster
for beginners to become familiar with the basic tools and
techniques of green
woodwork. Starting from the freshly felled tree you will
learn to cleave the wood with axes and wedges, and shape
it further with drawknives before turning it on the pole-lathe.
You will also learn what to look for when buying tools,
how to sharpen them, what woods are best to use, and more.
Expect to leave with a stool or several turned items such
as candlesticks, spoons, tool-handles, baby-rattles or
project of your choice.Courses are 2 1/2 days.
the side axe
Childer Wood Heavy Horse Centre is a large diverse woodland
a mile below Clissett Wood and was managed by my late partner
Doug with much vision and horse power only.
I now offer four or five volunteer work weekends a year to
continue improving the bio diversity of the woods through
focused management of neglected areas.
This autumn we bramble-slashed and put up deer fencing ready
for the first area of tree planting. We are also coppicing
and hedge laying, improving existing structures and putting
up firewood shelters.
A horse logger is part of the team at least one of the days.
Camping in the glade, basic facilities only, food provided.