Christmas Opening
Dec
7
to Dec 8

Christmas Opening

Following the success of our open studios in October, I am hosting a selection of wonderful artists and craftspeople - some new, some established - for a weekend of food, mince pies and mulled wine. Come and sample delightful wooden spoons from Alex Finnberg, delicate, intricate and joyful wirework from Rebecca Crawford, forged buckles and hand crafted leather from Jane Watts, colourful glass beaded jewelry and garden sculpture from Penny Carter, lino cut printed cards and gifts from Jess Thomson, and wonderful sculptural pottery from Abbie Gardiner. On top of this we are very excited to have Andy Thomson of The Hedgerow Hound who will be bringing affordable, delicious forage inspired vegan delights. Do some shopping, pick up a pie, and enjoy some of the best scenery in the South Hams.

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Table Course - Wk 2
Dec
11
to Dec 13

Table Course - Wk 2

Week 2 - assembly week.  Now that the components have been carefully seasoned at the Devon Green Wood Centre, the frame assembly is ready to assemble, and to fit the top to.  3 days of assembling and final clean up.  If you need help transporting your new table, please let me know in advance.  Click here for more information, or to to book.

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Introduction to Green Wood Furniture Making
Jan
25
to Jan 26

Introduction to Green Wood Furniture Making

A two day course learning the skills and techniques of green woodwork, with an emphasis on contemporary design and detailing. A maximum of 8 students will make either a low stool or a side table using a variety of edge tools.  This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate learners. There is a small charge for board material - ie seats or table tops, of around £15 to £20.  You are welcome to bring your own materials if you have them, please call me to discuss suitability.  

This course runs a number of times a year.  Click here for some options of places to stay locally. Click here for more information, or to to book.  Click here to see reviews of this course.

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Build a Folding Shave Horse
Feb
6
9:30 PM21:30

Build a Folding Shave Horse

A fun days making this extremely versatile and portable horse.  It can be set up and folded away in a matter of seconds, is fully adjustable, suits all leg lengths and tucks comfortably under one arm.  It can be hung on the wall, taking virtually no room in your shed or workshop.  A very useful and convenient tool.

During this course you will use a pillar drill and other traditional tools to build your own horse to take home.  Tuition will be given on basic woodworking techniques, including measuring, marking out accurately and cutting to a line.  If there is time you can carve your seat for added comfort.

If you haven't got time to attend the course just click here to either buy a kit of parts, or the fully assembled shave horse.  All you need is a few simple tools to assemble.

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Tool Sharpening and Maintenance
Feb
7
9:30 AM09:30

Tool Sharpening and Maintenance

Sharp tools are the essence of good woodworking.  On this one-day course I will show you how to get your tools into tip top condition.  All the main green woodworking tools will be covered - draw knife and spoke-shave, whittling and hook knives, travisher, chisels and planes.  Learn the theory and practice of tool sharpening.  Bring your own tools.  I will provide sharpening stones but please bring your own sharpening equipment for assessment and possible use.  I can also advise you on a sharpening kit to bring with you, and jigs we can make to ease and speed the process.  You will learn how to hone your own tools to a razor edge, and will take home a simple sharpening kit to keep your tools forever sharp.  Please state when booking which tools you are particularly keen to learn how to sharpen.  Click here for more information, or to to book.

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Introduction to Green Wood Furniture Making
Feb
15
to Feb 16

Introduction to Green Wood Furniture Making

A two day course learning the skills and techniques of green woodwork, with an emphasis on contemporary design and detailing. A maximum of 8 students will make either a low stool or a side table using a variety of edge tools.  This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate learners. There is a small charge for board material - ie seats or table tops, of around £15 to £20.  You are welcome to bring your own materials if you have them, please call me to discuss suitability.  

This course runs a number of times a year.  Click here for some options of places to stay locally. Click here for more information, or to to book.  Click here to see reviews of this course.

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Introduction to Green Wood Furniture Making
Mar
5
to Mar 6

Introduction to Green Wood Furniture Making

A two day course learning the skills and techniques of green woodwork, with an emphasis on contemporary design and detailing. A maximum of 8 students will make either a low stool or a side table using a variety of edge tools.  This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate learners. There is a small charge for board material - ie seats or table tops, of around £15 to £20.  You are welcome to bring your own materials if you have them, please call me to discuss suitability.  

This course runs a number of times a year.  Click here for some options of places to stay locally. Click here for more information, or to to book.  Click here to see reviews of this course.

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6 day Chair Making
Mar
9
to Mar 14

6 day Chair Making

This is one of the most satisfying green wood projects and the course is suitable for beginners and intermediate learners alike.  This chair uses the natural properties of green wood to produce incredibly strong, glue-free joints. During the course you will learn to split wood, and shape it using draw knife and spoke shaves.  You will learn how to steam bend components and assemble a stunning, light and practical piece of furniture to take home and enjoy.  

On day 6 you will learn how to weave the seat.  

The next available course runs from from 9th to 14th of March 2020 in my wonderful heated workshop near the sea.  Local accommodation is a good option - allowing you to work later into the evening if you wish.    Click here to book. Click here for some options of places to stay locally.  Click here to see reviews of this course.

 

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Introduction to Green Wood Furniture Making
Apr
4
to Apr 5

Introduction to Green Wood Furniture Making

A two day course learning the skills and techniques of green woodwork, with an emphasis on contemporary design and detailing. A maximum of 8 students will make either a low stool or a side table using a variety of edge tools.  This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate learners. There is a small charge for board material - ie seats or table tops, of around £15 to £20.  You are welcome to bring your own materials if you have them, please call me to discuss suitability.  

This course runs a number of times a year.  Click here for some options of places to stay locally. Click here for more information, or to to book.  Click here to see reviews of this course.

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Creative Seating
May
4
to May 9

Creative Seating

This course is a creative exploration of the possibilities of green woodworking and is suitable for beginners, for people wishing to undertake more challenging projects, and for couples wishing to undertake larger projects together.  Please don’t feel that you have to be constrained in any way by the title – anything which is feasible in 6 days is acceptable.

This course runs from The Devon Green Wood Centre in South Devon.

Local accommodation is a good option - allowing you to work later into the evening if you wish.    Click here for more information, or to to book.  Click here for some options.  Click here to see reviews of this course.

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Table Course - Wk 1
Jun
15
to Jun 20

Table Course - Wk 1

What could be more rewarding than making your own, unique and beautiful table? Over the past few years I have been developing a range of jigs (workshop aids), and techniques to simplify the making of large-scale tables using green wood components, and to simplify flattening large slabs of seasoned wood. During this longer course you will learn these techniques and develop your own dining/ kitchen/ patio table design.   All the skills and techniques use readily available hand and portable power tools.  These skills can be taken home and with a modest outlay, you can make tables in your own workshop.  There is also the option of combining green wood techniques with other materials, such as glass, stainless steel, etc.

 The course is spread over two sessions -a six day week, then, following a drying period, a three-day weekend to assemble.  It includes a trip to a local saw mill where you will learn about selecting timber for your table top. You will also learn how to joint boards and to use all the usual green woodworking tools including froe, drawknife, etc. You will be guided through the design and making process and will finish the course with a table which will last for generations.  This course is only suitable for intermediate learners with some previous experience of green wood furniture making.  It is especially suited for couples wishing to make their own table.

This course runs at the Devon Green Wood Centre in South Devon. 

2019 dates:

 Week 1 Making components.                                      1st - 6th July

 Week 2 Assembly and finishing.                                 14th - 16th October

 Cost - £100/ day + materials per person.  

           £150/ day + materials for couples.

 If your project runs over, extra days can be added on, with a fee negotiable dependant on how much support you might need.  

Click here for more information, or to to book.  Details of local accommodation can be found here.  

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Portugal - Introduction to Green Wood Furniture Making
Jul
11
to Jul 12

Portugal - Introduction to Green Wood Furniture Making

A two day course in the fabulous schist mountain village of Cerdeira. You will learn the skills and techniques of green woodwork, in this beautiful location. Basic shared accommodation is included in the price, or you can upgrade to a lovely traditional cottage. A maximum of 6 students will make either a low stool or a side table using a variety of edge tools.  This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate learners. Please contact Cerdeira directly to book, or contact me for more information.

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Make your own chair in Portugal
Jul
14
to Jul 19

Make your own chair in Portugal

A chance to make your own chair in the fabulous surroundings of Cerdeira Arts and Crafts Village in the mountains of the beautiful Coimbra district of Portugal.  Click here for further details.

Learn to make a free-form chair of your own design. We will use fresh-cut wood cut from the surrounding forest to form the seat, legs and back for a creative and unique chair.

In 6 days you will learn all the basic green woodworking techniques, including splitting wood by hand, shaving it to a fine finish, and jointing it. You will also learn to make your own shaving horse, a knowledge that allows you to continue to practice your art when you get home.  

"Free-form" refers to a style of green woodwork which uses non -straight pieces of wood. You will learn how to accurately drill holes for jointing these irregular components. This is a course for people wanting to make something totally unique and personal, which will inevitably express something of their own personality.

 

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Table Course - Wk 2
Sep
16
to Sep 18

Table Course - Wk 2

Week 2 - assembly week.  Now that the components have been carefully seasoned at the Devon Green Wood Centre, the frame assembly is ready to assemble, and to fit the top to.  3 days of assembling and final clean up.  If you need help transporting your new table, please let me know in advance.  Click here for more information, or to to book.

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6 day Chair Making
Sep
23
to Sep 28

6 day Chair Making

This is one of the most satisfying green wood projects and the course is suitable for beginners and intermediate learners alike.  This chair uses the natural properties of green wood to produce incredibly strong, glue-free joints. During the course you will learn to split wood, and shape it using draw knife and spoke shaves.  You will learn how to steam bend components and assemble a stunning, light and practical piece of furniture to take home and enjoy.  

On day 6 you will learn how to weave the seat.  

The next available course runs from from 23rd - 28th September in my wonderful heated workshop near the sea.  Local accommodation is a good option - allowing you to work later into the evening if you wish.    Click here to book. Click here for some options of places to stay locally.  Click here to see reviews of this course.

 

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London Design Fair
Sep
19
to Sep 22

London Design Fair

I am participating in The London Design Fair for the first time this year, under the Blue Patch umbrella. Blue Patch is an umbrella organisation for creative, sustainable UK businesses. I am proud to be a part of this, and look forward to meeting both trade and retails customers on our stand.

We can be found on Stand 10.22 from the 19th to 22nd of September, at the Old Truman Brewery, E1

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Exhibition - Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design
Aug
17
to Aug 26

Exhibition - Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design

The Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design in Cheltenham has become the largest selling exhibition of high quality bespoke furniture in the country and every year it draws visitors and exhibitors from around the world. 


Established in 1994 by Betty Norbury the show has evolved and grown significantly and now displays the work of around 70 designer-makers. The emphasis is on furniture, but each year this is complemented by work from several other disciplines such as jewellery, art and glass. 

Award winning furniture designer/maker Jason Heap took over the organisation and curation of the show in 2009 and he is now looking to develop and enhance the exhibition to continue its success. As part of this he has launched several awards to generate awareness of the craft and reward those that continue to push the boundaries of innovation, skill and perfection.

I am delighted to have been accepted for the show this year, and excited to be exhibiting amongst some of the best furniture makers this country has to offer.

There is an excellent private view on the evening of Friday the 16th - please let me know if you would like an invitation.

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Introduction to Green Wood Furniture Making
Aug
10
to Aug 11

Introduction to Green Wood Furniture Making

A two day course learning the skills and techniques of green woodwork, with an emphasis on contemporary design and detailing. A maximum of 8 students will make either a low stool or a side table using a variety of edge tools.  This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate learners. There is a small charge for board material - ie seats or table tops, of around £15 to £20.  You are welcome to bring your own materials if you have them, please call me to discuss suitability.  

This course runs a number of times a year.  Click here for some options of places to stay locally. Click here for more information, or to to book.  Click here to see reviews of this course.

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Introduction to Green Wood Furniture Making
Jul
6
to Jul 7

Introduction to Green Wood Furniture Making

A two day course learning the skills and techniques of green woodwork, with an emphasis on contemporary design and detailing. A maximum of 8 students will make either a low stool or a side table using a variety of edge tools.  This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate learners. There is a small charge for board material - ie seats or table tops, of around £15 to £20.  You are welcome to bring your own materials if you have them, please call me to discuss suitability.  

This course runs a number of times a year.  Click here for some options of places to stay locally. Click here for more information, or to to book.  Click here to see reviews of this course.

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Exhibition and Steam Bending Demonstration - South West Contemporary Craft Fair
Jun
7
to Jun 9

Exhibition and Steam Bending Demonstration - South West Contemporary Craft Fair

The extraordinary event which is the South West Contemporary Craft Fair.  Packed with demonstrations, great food, activities for young people, and the very best makers the country has to offer.  

I’m taking a year off from being in the main marquess, as this year I will be in the central demonstrators marquee “Out of The Woods” with fellow makers who use natural materials harvested from our woodlands. I will be offering workshops in, and demonstrating the almost magical art of bending wood with steam - Click HERE for more details.

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Creative Seating
Apr
29
to May 4

Creative Seating

This course is a creative exploration of the possibilities of green woodworking and is suitable for beginners, for people wishing to undertake more challenging projects, and for couples wishing to undertake larger projects together.  Please don’t feel that you have to be constrained in any way by the title – anything which is feasible in 6 days is acceptable.

This course runs from The Devon Green Wood Centre in South Devon.

Local accommodation is a good option - allowing you to work later into the evening if you wish.    Click here for some options.  Click here for more information, or to to book a place.   Click here to see reviews of this course.

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Introduction to Green Wood Furniture Making
Mar
16
to Mar 17

Introduction to Green Wood Furniture Making

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A two day course learning the skills and techniques of green woodwork, with an emphasis on contemporary design and detailing. A maximum of 8 students will make either a low stool or a side table using a variety of edge tools.  This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate learners. There is a small charge for board material - ie seats or table tops, of around £15 to £20.  You are welcome to bring your own materials if you have them, please call me to discuss suitability.  

This course runs a number of times a year.  Click here for some options of places to stay locally. Click here for more information, or to to book.  Click here to see reviews of this course.

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Shave Horse Course
Feb
7
9:30 AM09:30

Shave Horse Course

This shave horse is a hybrid, combining the best features of Mike Abbott's lumber horse with the ingenious folding horse developed by Masashi Kutsuwa.  I have added a few of my own touches to make this extremely versatile and portable horse.  It can be set up and folded away in a matter of seconds, is fully adjustable, suits all leg lengths and tucks comfortably under one arm.  It can be hung on the wall, taking virtually no room in your shed or workshop.  A very useful and convenient tool.

During this course you will use a pillar drill and other traditional tools to build your own horse to take home.  Tuition will be given on basic woodworking techniques, including measuring, marking out accurately and cutting to a line.  If there is time you can carve your seat for added comfort.  Click here to book.

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Top Drawer, Olympia Kensington London
Jan
13
to Jan 15

Top Drawer, Olympia Kensington London

I will be exhibiting at Top Drawer from the 13th - 15th of January. This is a huge trade show with exhibitors from all over the world. In response to growing demand they are developing a craft pavilion to showcase the work of artisan makers.

I will be part of a panel on the Tuesday, from 12.00 till 12.30 discussing the importance of design and loving what you do in order to create a successful business.

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Crux Craft Fair
Nov
23
to Nov 25

Crux Craft Fair

One of my favourites of the year - a superb craft fair punching way above its weight given the unlikely sounding venue of Rattery Village Hall. Run by an enthusiastic bunch of craftspeople in aid of a different charity each year - (this year supporting African elephants) Celebrating the best makers in the South West, and featuring a pop up cafe from the brilliant Kitchen Table.

If you only visit one Christmas Craft fair this year, make it this one!

http://cruxcraftfair.co.uk/

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Introduction to Green Wood Furniture Making
Oct
10
to Oct 11

Introduction to Green Wood Furniture Making

A two day course learning the skills and techniques of green woodwork, with an emphasis on contemporary design and detailing. A maximum of 8 students will make either a low stool or a side table using a variety of edge tools.  This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate learners. There is a small charge for board material - ie seats or table tops, of around £15 to £20.  You are welcome to bring your own materials if you have them, please call me to discuss suitability.  

This course runs a number of times a year.  Click here for some options of places to stay locally. Click here for more information, or to to book.  Click here to see reviews of this course.

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Exhibition - Handmade at Kew
Oct
4
to Oct 7

Exhibition - Handmade at Kew

Handmade at Kew, is the international contemporary craft and design event set within the stunning Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Taking centre stage in the heart of the Gardens, this four-day event sees over 150 international and UK-based contemporary artists showcasing gorgeous textiles, jewellery, ceramics, glass, furniture and more. Makers will be on hand throughout the weekend to talk about the ideas and processes that shape their work. Tickets include access to the whole of Kew Gardens, allowing you to enjoy its beautiful glasshouses and stunning blooms, while browsing, buying or commissioning work directly from internationally renowned craftspeople.

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Exhibition - RHS Wisley
May
3
to May 7

Exhibition - RHS Wisley

This Fair takes place at RHS Garden Wisley and is on from Thursday 3rd May to Monday 7th May 2018 over the Bank Holiday weekend. It will feature 200 exhibitors, including 30 demonstrating their discipline for you, with live music and a specialist food area. Exhibitors rotate every year, which makes annual repeat visits a must, so that you can keep up with the very best designer makers in the UK.

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Introduction to Green wood Furniture Making
Apr
21
to Apr 22

Introduction to Green wood Furniture Making

A two day course learning the skills and techniques of green woodwork, with an emphasis on contemporary design and detailing. A maximum of 8 students will make either a low stool or a side table using a variety of edge tools.  This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate learners. There is a small charge for board material - ie seats or table tops, of around £15 to £20.  You are welcome to bring your own materials if you have them, please call me to discuss suitability.  

This course runs a number of times a year.  Click here for some options of places to stay locally. Click here for more information, or to to book.  Click here to see reviews of this course.

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