Woodland Craft and Green Woodwork Courses

Courses for 2018

Introduction to
Green Woodwork (1-day)

Make a Shave Horse


(6-day or 8-day)

The tutor for these green woodwork courses is Andy Morton.
The maximum number of tutees on each course will be 6.

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Introduction to Green Woodwork Course

  • These one-day courses cover the properties of green wood, cleaving techniques and production of simple craft objects created from a greenwood log using traditional hand tools such as draw-knives and pole lathes.
  • Anything you make during the day will be yours to take home and may include items such as spoons, spatulas or a wooden mallet.
  • This course is most suited to anyone wishing to have a go at some green woodwork, with absolutely no previous knowledge or skills required.
  • This is a great taster day to whet your appetite for a longer course in the future or perfect for those with limited spare time.

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Make a Shave Horse

  • These two-day courses teach a wide range of green woodworking techniques whilst making your own traditional greenwood shaving horse using hardwood timber sourced within the woodland.
  • The topics covered include the properties of green wood, cleaving techniques and the use of traditional hand tools and equipment such as draw-knives and pole lathes.
  • A shave horse is a fundamental piece of kit needed by all green woodworkers and it will be yours to keep at the end of the course, and the course fee is less than the cost of buying one!

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Stool-making Course

  • These three-day greenwood stool making courses cover all the green woodworking skills and processes needed in order to construct your own sturdy stool from a green Ash log.
  • The first day will be spent cleaving out and making the components for your stool ready for drying overnight in the wood-fired kiln.
  • On day two you will make the legs and assemble your stool frame, and on the final day you will be taught how to apply the seating material in order to complete your stool. There will be several different seating material options to choose from.
  • This is an extremely satisfying process and achievable for all.

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Chair-making Course

  • These six-day greenwood chair making courses use similar techniques to the stool-making course, but the process requires more time and involves additional skills such as steam-bending certain components of the chair to give them the correct form.
  • There is a range of chair-back designs and seating materials available to suit all abilities and tastes.
  • Spending a week working in the woods, being so close to nature, using wood from the woods and hand tools to produce a beautifully unique piece of furniture is a deeply fulfilling experience.
  • On top of that, the sense of achievement gained from having made your own chair that will last for generations is something very special.

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Advanced Chair-making Course

  • These eight-day advanced chair making courses start concurrently with the 6-day chair making courses, using the same green woodworking techniques.
  • The additional 2 days allow more time for individual design and mastering more advanced techniques.
  • The more advanced options on this 8-day course include the construction of an arm chair or even a rocking chair if you push yourself.

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The Venue

  • Sallerton Wood is 10 acres of beautiful mixed deciduous woodland situated south-east of Launceston, close to the River Tamar on the Devon/Cornwall border. The woodland has a variety of habitats including a stream.
  • All courses take place within the heart of the woodland itself.
  • There is a large workshop shelter, utility shelter for cooking and tea-making, and a compost toilet. A spring provides water for cooking and washing, and drinking water for cold drinks is also be provided. Woodland camping is offered together with a washroom with wash basin and shower.
  • The Location page of this website gives a map, postcode, and travel directions. It is easily accessed from the A30. Parking is available just inside the woodland entrance.
  • A selection of photos is available opposite. and if you'd like to see more photos of Sallerton Wood and the activities there, please visit the Diary page of this website
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What do I need to bring?

All tools and materials required for your course are provided. Each participant will be allocated their own set of tools at the beginning of the course to use for the duration. However, if you wish to bring along any of your own tools or materials you are very welcome to do so. Sallerton wood is extremely well stocked with straight grown Ash, perfect for green woodwork projects. Sturdy footwear will be necessary, ideally work or walking boots offering toe and ankle protection. A couple of pencils, a notebook and a tape measure, if you have one, will be useful.


Hot drinks and biscuits and/or cake are provided, as are ingredients for sandwiches for making your lunch and fresh fruit. Breakfasts and evening meals are not provided, however participants are welcome to use the woodland rocket stoves, wood fuel, pans and utensils to cook their own supper and breakfast if desired. There are shops and several pubs offering food in the area a short drive away.

The working day

Introduction to Green Woodwork courses and Make a Shave Horse courses run from 10am-5pm each day. The Stool-making and Chair-making courses commence from 9am, apart from on the day of arrival when tuition will begin at 10am.


Wild camping is offered within Sallerton Wood. Facilities provided are a site within the woodland to pitch a small tent, a compost toilet, piped spring water for washing and cooking, and drinking water supplied separately. There is a small washroom containing a wash basin and shower, both with hot and cold water. There is a kitchen shelter with solar lighting, dining table, clay oven and rocket stoves for brewing up and preparing meals. The charge for camping is £5 per person per night payable at the end of the course.

For those who do not wish to camp, or require more than the wild camping facilities offered, there are many local accommodation options, some of which are listed in a table when you click the button below.

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Prices and Availability of courses

Scheduled courses are listed in the table below, along with a Booking form button for making an individual or group booking.
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Start Date Length Course Title Available
The maximum number of participants on a course is 6. Yes indicates that there are 3 or more places still available. 1 or 2 indicates that there is only 1 or 2 places remaining available.
The full course fees are listed in this table. The fees include the cost of all materials. Some discounts are available and are listed in a separate table below.
Sat. 5th May 2018 3 days Stool-making - - Photos...
Thur. 10th May 2018 2 days Make a Shave Horse - - Photos...
Sat. 26th May 2018 6 days Chair-making - - Photos...
Sat. 26th May 2018 8 days Advanced Chair-making - - Photos...
Sun. 17th June 2018 1 day Introduction to Green Woodwork - - Photos...
Sat. 30th June 2018 6 days Chair-making - - Photos...
Sat. 30th June 2018 8 days Advanced Chair-making - - Photos...
Mon. 9th July 2018 3 days Stool-making - - Photos...
Sat. 14th July 2018 2 days Make a Shave Horse - - Photos...
Sat. 18th August 2018 1 day Introduction to Green Woodwork Yes £70 Booking form...
Sat. 25th August 2018 3 days Stool-making 2 £220 Booking form...
Sat. 25th May 2019 6 days Chair-making Yes £410 Booking form...
Sat. 25th May 2019 8 days Advanced Chair-making Yes £550 Booking form...

If you encounter any problems with booking via the online Booking Form, please get in Contact with us by one of the options given at the bottom of this page.

Course Fees

Please see the Prices and Availability table above for prices. We ask that payment is made promptly and within two weeks of receiving confirmation of availability, so as not to deny other interested participants. Full course fees are returnable should the course not run for any reason.

Discounts offered:
Discount typeDiscountDescriptionCode
Multiple Booking15%Bookings made for 2 or more people on the same booking formMB15
Return Booking15%Bookings made for people returning for subsequent courses within 2 years of their first courseRB15
Please quote the Discount Code when booking.
Only one Discount Code can be used per booking.

If you would like to gift someone a course, that's fine. Just check they are available for the dates before booking on their behalf.
Alternatively, you can buy them a Course Gift Voucher for part or full cost of a course to be redeemed at a convenient time in the future. There is a PayPal button for purchasing a voucher below, or for alternative ways of purchasing, please get in Contact. Following payment, a printed Course Gift Voucher will be sent to you in the post.

Booking and Payment Procedure:

  1. Book your Course via the Prices and Availability table. A provisional booking will be placed and confirmation sent to you.
  2. After receiving confirmation of your booking, please make your payment by one of the methods listed below. After receiving payment, your booking will be fully reserved.
Please note that PayPal payments are administered for us by our team-member Alan Morton at DMAP.
On the PayPal payment page reached after clicking the PayPal button below, please enter the total amount due for a course or the required value of a voucher and click the Update or Continue button before proceeding to payment.
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Further questions?

If you have any questions or comments about the courses, do feel free to get in Contact with us by one of the options given at the bottom of this page.

Contact details for Andy and Jane Morton:
Email: andy@sallertonwood.org.uk
Mobile: 07722 435 964 (daytime)     Landline: 01822 841 718 (evenings)
Address: 17 Chapel Street, Bere Alston, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 7DE

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