Wood workshops for younger people (Ages 6-11)


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This is an opportunity to learn woodworking skills and to make a number of items using a saw, drill, rasp and sanding devices, starting out with a coat peg made from a natural branch. Time allowing, we will then make some wooden flowers using a knife and small sticks cut from the hedgerow. Those with aptitude will continue to make feather sticks for fire lighting.

Course Dates:

Sunday 2nd May 2021

Time: 10am – 12 midday

Price: £15 per person


This is a beginners class, especially designed for younger people. No experience in using wood, knives and axes is necessary.

The tasks on this course encourage knife skills that are fundamental to the continuation of future knife work. It is important to learn to use the knife safely, both for the worker and for those around them. For the younger ones, and anyone who would like to, a small bead-through-the-hole game can be made. This is a great game for hand eye coordination.

Adults are to support the student and make sure all activities are carried out safely as instructed by the teacher. It is not an opportunity for the adult to make items for themselves. Students and the adult will be learning skills on this day, with the student as maker and adult as supervisor.

Must be accompanied by an adult. Ratio of 1 adult to 3 students.

About the tutor; Sean Hellman

Sean Hellman 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

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