David is a greenwood worker based in North Essex, who after years of exploring sustainable design processes and materials discovered working in greenwood, this being unseasoned wood. Although he still works with a range of materials and techniques, working with this beautiful sustainable material has become his passion.
Spend a day making these useful domestic woodenware products, often called treen. You will learn some basic skills of greenwood working, greenwood being unseasoned or undried wood, and being green it is much easier to work than dried or seasoned wood. You will learn how to split a log with an ancient tool called a froe and you will prepare the items on a shave-horse with a draw knife, all traditional methods of working. Then using very safe knife techniques you will finish your spatula and butter knife.
Although you will not be able to paint your spatula or butter knife on the day (as it will be too wet), you will be given some milk paint to finish them off at home a week later. Milk paint is an ancient organic paint using basic natural ingredients, milk protein, lime, clay and natural pigments.
All materials and tools are provided and you don’t need any previous experience or knowledge of woodwork.
£75 per person includes all materials and use of the tools that you need plus light refreshments.
We have ample free parking on-site and disabled access. Pre-booking is essential due to the popularity of our workshops.