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Join woodland craft workshops at The Green Backyard

Community & Education
Learn Pole Lathe Turning with tutor Chris Allen
Saturday 21 May

10am-1pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm

This is a great introduction to a breadth of green wood work tools and techniques. On this pole lathe session we will cover cleaving wood using a froe, shaping on a shave horse with a drawknife then turning a spurtle (porridge stirrer) or garden dibber on the pole lathe. 

Using a pole lathe is both energetic and mesmerising – you'll never look at another chair leg again without a thought for the turner who crafted it!

Tools and materials are provided. There will be up to four students on each session. Students must be 16 or over. The workshop area is covered but please wear suitable clothes for outdoor working. £5 per person.

To book, click here.

Discover Spoon Carving with tutor Lee Stoffer
Saturday 21 May

10am-4.30pm

Green wood spoon carving is a wonderfully satisfying craft using an axe and knives to shape the wood. We'll cover wood selection, understanding wood grain, design, tool use and safety, with tools by different makers for you to try. 

The day starts with selecting wood and using an axe and saw to start to shape your spoon, before moving onto knife work. Tools and materials are provided. There will be up to six students on each course. Students must be 16 or over. The workshop area is covered but please wear suitable clothes for outdoor working. £5 per person.

To book, click here.

Try Willow Weaving with tutor Sue Kirk
Friday 24 June

10am-1pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm

A fun session, where you can learn to make a willow plant support, lantern or dragonfly for your garden.

Tools and materials are provided. There will be up to 12 students on each session. The workshop area is covered, but please wear suitable clothes for outdoor working. £5 per person.

To book, click here.
 

Try Blacksmithing with tutor Simon Dammant
Saturday 18 June

This event has now sold out.

Thank you to the support of The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust. All workshops will be held at The Green Backyard, Oundle Road, Peterborough PE2 8AT.