Green woodworking is the traditional way to work with wood.
Green woodworking involves working with recently felled ‘wet wood’, rather than seasoned hardwood. As the wood is soft it’s easier to work and lends itself perfectly to traditional tools such as the drawknife and spokeshave. There’s a great deal of satisfaction to be had from green woodworking. It's possible to fell a tree in the morning, axe down the trunk, and spend a few therapeutic hours on a shave horse sculpting legs for a stool or chair. In no time at all you can go from a log to a leg.
We don't cut down a tree on the course, but the wood you'll use will have been recently felled and carefully stored to maintain moisture - keeping it green.
Little effort and no previous experience is required to carefully create your own piece that you can take pride in for a lifetime.
Best woods for green woodworking
Sycamore, ash, beech, birch, poplar and apple are all excellent green woodworking woods. We like to use fruit wood for our spoons. At Turning Hare we use wood that's sourced within a couple of miles. The stool tops are made from dry wood that has been seasoned, (Steve will explain why on the day!) We keep a variety of wood so you can choose what you make your stool top from.
Tools for green woodworking
Axe, side axe, froe, drawknife, shavehorse, spokeshave, travisher, chisel, Japanese drawknife, tenon cutter, leveller and brace & bit.
You''ll use all these tools when you spend time with us. You'll also get to wield our mighty wooden mallet!
You won't use power tools. Green woodworking is a peaceful pastime where noise is manual and minimal.