Wild Wood Whittling Workshop


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This is a good introduction to working with green wood and becoming comfortable with edge tools, and it will enable you to work on your own at home.


2022 Course Dates:

Sunday 3rd April 2022


Time: 10am – 5pm

Price: £70 per person

Minimum age: 16


This is a beginner’s class: no experience in using wood, knives or axes is necessary. This is a good introduction to working with green wood and becoming comfortable with edge tools, and it will enable you to work on your own at home. Minimum age for this course is 16.

During the day you will learn how to take small wood from the wood or hedgerow, and how to make this into small, useful objects, or puzzles and toys. We will use hand saws, axes, knives and drills. No power tools will be used. Tuition will be given in how to use the tools safely and efficiently, as well as advice on how to sharpen them. The emphasis will be on using simple everyday tools to make interesting, useful, everyday stuff.

You can learn to make some of the following: coat hooks from branches, flying propellers, arrow-through-washer puzzles, wooden gypsy flowers, and spatulas. It might not be possible to make everything on this list owing to time constraints, but if you do not, you will probably see someone else making it.

You will learn:

  • How to use an axe and knife safely. Step by step tuition is given in each axe and knife technique.
  • What wood to use and what part of the tree to use.
  • How to split and shape the billet of wood, using an axe.
  • How to refine and finish the roughed out blank using a range of knives.
  • How to finish the wood: a cut finish versus a sanded finish; and what to oils or wax to finish your items with.
  • You will be able to try out various commercially available knives and axes.
  • We will also talk about and practise how to keep your knife sharp.


**Please Note**

Individual refreshments will be provided, but we ask that all participants bring their own lunch as we are not able to provide a shared lunch under current COVID guidelines.

When purchasing your ticket, please ensure you complete the form to make us aware of any health conditions or allergies as well as any additional support that you may need during your day with us.

About the tutor; Sean Hellman

Sean has been practicing, teaching and demonstrating green woodwork skills for over 20 years. Based in South Devon, he runs a business selling bespoke sculptural and traditional wooden seating, and original items for the home and garden. Sean’s passion is learning and teaching traditional wood crafts, including making wooden spoons, carved cups, bowl-turning, shrink pots, etc. He is the only professional green woodworker making and selling ‘fan birds’ in the UK.

Sean not only teaches and makes, but is an active writer and has a regular blog about woodworking, offering advice and inspiration about the joys of working green wood. He is an active member of the ‘Bodgers Forum’ the largest green woodworking forum in the world.

Some of his articles can be seen in various woodworking magazines such as Living Woods. Sean last TV appearance was on Edwardian Farm making a coracle with Alex Langlands.

Sean has recently taken on a full time apprentice.

“The ease of learning new skills…fantastic course well taught.” – course participant

“Hands on course doing something real!” – course participant


Previous participants said:

Sean explains each step very clearly…very knowledgeable and experienced. A great communicator.”

Good teaching – relaxed approach – lunch was rather nice too!”

Straight into it with hands on…thoroughly wonderful and very enjoyable!”

Excellent day with great surroundings and facilities.”

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