Greenwood Courses at Clissett Wood

Cleaving, 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.

Shiela 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 other equipment.

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.

Turning on a pole-lathe

Using the drawknife on the shave-horse

Green Woodwork Introduction

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 a project of your choice.Courses are 2 1/2 days.


Using the side axe

Volunteer Work Weekends in Childer Wood

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.

to contact Gudrun:

by email:
by phone or fax: 01531 640 125
or by post: Gudrun Leitz, Hill Farm, Stanley Hill, Bosbury, LEDBURY, Herefordshire, HR8 1HE