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Short Courses
 

We offer a range of  courses that have been designed to offer an introduction to traditional green wood working & woodcrafts,  all courses are run on an informal basis, with plenty of breaks, we also deliberately keep our class sizes small, as we feel this offers you a better, more in depth learning experience, as we have the time to make sure each student has grasped and understood the subject being taught, it also enables us to monitor our students progress during their time with us more efficiently and means that we can assist those who may need a little extra help, whilst at the same time, not neglecting everybody else on the course. our courses run from April to the end of September each year and are held at outdoor locations near to Ashington & Steyning in West Sussex, we can of course travel to your location to undertake any of our courses if preferred. Our day courses have a minimum duration of six hours.

Courses are charged on a  per person/per day, with a maximum of  six persons on any one course, our minimum age limit for courses is 18 years old.

 
Introduction To Spoon Carving
 

Our introductory spoon carving course gives you hands on instruction in the art of spoon carving, at the beginning of the course you will learn how to carve a simple wooden spatula in order to get you used to the tools and techniques we use, we then move onto carving a simple, yet elegant spoon, using the methods you have learnt, although you will be working to a basic template, you are also encouraged to be creative in the design of your spoons and spatula.

Course content includes;

  • Knife & axe safety, cutting and carving techniques using axes, knives & saws.

  • Material selection, what to look for and why.

  • Hands on carving experience, where you carve your own spoon & spatula.

Please click on How To Book  for details of how to reserve your place on one of our short courses. All tools and materials are provided for students use.

Price Per Person

Day Course - 85.00

 
Spoon Carving - The Next Step
 

Our "Next Step" course is aimed at persons who have a degree of spoon carving experience and wish to improve upon the basics of spoon carving.

In common with our introductory course, we will demonstrate on a step by step basis how to carve a spoon from scratch, but this time using just an axe to carve the basic shape and form of the spoon blank from a small log,  from here we move onto refining and finishing the spoon using carving knives.

You may bring your own wood carving knives and axe with you for this course so you are able to maintain tool familiarity, however, all tools will be checked for
suitability and general condition before the course commences and if deemed to be unsuitable, you will not be allowed to use them, we keep a number of tools available for clients use.

Please click on How To Book  for details of how to reserve your place on one of our short courses.  All tools and materials are provided for students use.

Price Per Person

Day Course - 85.00

 
 
Fundamental Greenwood Carving
 

Aimed at the novice wood carver, this course covers greenwood carving and tool use at a fundamental level.  On this course we cover the very basics of tool care & use by creating some simple woodland products such as tent pegs and wooden flowers, we will also carve a special stick called a "whittling stick" that will enable you to build your confidence by using the tools to create what has been commonly described by students as a piece of woodland sculpture.

Course content includes;

  • Study the tools used in greenwood carving e.g. knives, axes and saws and learn how to maintain them.

  • Learn how to safely use the tools to process greenwood.

  • Create some simple woodland products to take home with you.

Please click on How To Book  for details of how to reserve your place on one of our short courses. All tools and materials are provided for students use.

Price Per Person

Day Course - 85.00

 
 
Stick Whittling  - 'Doodling With Wood'
 

Our Stick Whittling course, or as we like to call it 'Doodling with wood', has been  designed around those persons, who wish to learn how make small wooden objects for no reason other than the sheer enjoyment of making them, as well as learning a skill that will help pass those long winter evenings or just as a way to help unwind after a hard day at the office.  During the course, you will learn how to ;

  • Select and harvest the raw materials needed.

  • Learn different knife grips & carving techniques.

  • Whittle items such as Tent Pegs, Bag Carriers, Letter Openers, Butter Spreaders, Whistles,  Wooden Flowers, Woods Helicopters, Whimmy Diddles, Toasting Forks, Bullroarers & Simple Puzzles using little more than a UK legal knife and a small saw.

Please click on How To Book  for details of how to reserve your place on one of our short courses. Please note it may not be possible to make all of the items listed due to seasonal variance & time constraints. All tools and materials are provided for students use.

Price Per Person

Day Course - 85.00

 
 
Sharpening Made Easy
   

A short half day course that studies the 'magical' art of sharpening, in your time with us, you will learn about the many different tools and materials that are available on the market that can be used for sharpening your tools, from expensive Japanese Water Stones to simple sandpaper, the gimmicks and what actually works. We will initially demonstrate each technique before you go hands on and try for yourself under our watchful eye, there is no rush to produce a fine edge, but, by the end of your time with us you will be producing some scary sharp edges. Course content includes ;
 

  • Learn about the various sharpening methods and tools available.

  • Hands on sharpening experience using different materials & tools.

  • Honing & Stropping techniques.


Please click on How To Book  for details of how to reserve your place on one of our short courses. Half day course only. This course is held in my small home workshop, tea on tap, you bring the Hobnobs. You are more than welcome to bring along your own tools so you can learn how to sharpen them.

 


 

Price Per Person

Half Day Course - 55.00
Currently limited to one person per
course due to space limitations
 

 
Making Ash Gate Hurdles
 

Spend a day learning how to make a traditional Ash Gate Hurdle, from felling the tree to walking out of the woods with a completed hurdle on your back.  We start the day by identifying and felling a suitable small diameter tree, then using traditional hand tools, we process the timber into the pieces required before finally assembling the hurdle into it's completed form.

Course content includes;

  • Tree id and what we look for in the tree to meet our needs.

  • Tool safety, felling small trees with an axe/saw followed by snedding and cross cutting.

  • Process the timber into posts, rails and braces then assemble your own hurdle.

Please click on How To Book  for details of how to reserve your place on one of our short courses. All tools and materials are provided for students use, this course is undertaken in a woodland environment & can involve a walk of over a mile to the work site, we do not provide refreshments on this course so you will need to bring food and drink with you on the day, please also ensure you wear clothing and footwear suitable for a rugged environment.



Price Per Person

Temp Unavailable
Limited to two persons per course.

 
 
Natural Cordage
 

This course has been designed to offer you an insight into the world of natural cordage, in our current day and age there is so much plastic being used to tie things up and together and of course it's non renewable, this course shows that there is a different way, the old way, to grow or collect your own raw materials from nature and then to make your own string or rope, which of course is bio degradable and a renewable resource, course content includes

  • Identifying suitable materials and how to process the raw materials.

  • Cordage Techniques.

  • Make your own string or rope.

You will never look at string the same way again.

Please click on How To Book  for details of how to reserve your place on one of our short courses. Half day course only. This course is held in various countryside locations, we do not provide refreshments on this course so you will need to bring food and drink with you on the day, please also ensure you wear clothing and footwear suitable for a rugged environment.



Price Per Person

Half Day Course - 55.00

 
 
Foot Note
 

We do not supply food on our courses, therefore you will need to make provision for yourself in this respect, we have a Kelly Kettle on permanent duty at fixed camp locations, so fresh Tea & Coffee is available all day and normally on tap, however, please bring adequate refreshments with you if directed to do so.

Please note that depending on the dynamics of the group, it may not be possible to cover all subject matter shown, but we will endeavour to accomplish as much as possible during our time together.  Our day courses are held on private land, but you will still be required to show respect and courtesy to other countryside users at all times.

All persons undertaking a course of any duration with Sussex Woodsman accept that for the duration of the course, he/she is required to submit to the reasonable instructions of the teaching staff. We operate a zero tolerance policy towards disorderly or abusive behaviour. Substance misuse will result in you being removed from the course with immediate effect, a pupil may be removed if we feel they have inadequate clothing or equipment or are incapable of meeting the demands of the course. In such circumstances a client will not be entitled to a refund of any monies paid and Sussex Woodsman will not be liable to any losses

 
 

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