Sat 9th, Sun 17th, Sat 23rd, Sat 30th June and Sun 1st July (5 days)
Make a chair from a tree!. Use green woodwork techniques of cleaving; axing; shaving; steam bending and pole lathe turning to make a comb-back, ash side-chair with a solid seat - all starting with a freshly-felled log. Hollow a solid seat and use tenon and mortice joints to make a strong, long-lasting chair. *(with no arms or under carriage!)
Green Wood is freshly felled, still sappy wood. To work it requires a set of simple techniques based on an understanding of how wood reacts - both to the tools, and to the dry and shrinking process. Because it is green, the wood is soft and easy to work with hand tools, and because of this, green woodwork creates little waste, and can utilise small trees and logs. It is therefore green in all senses of the word - especially as at Bore Place the trees are felled as part of ongoing woodland restoration and sustainable management. Our courses and volunteer days are about learning woodcraft and helping with the conservation of Bore Place.
day 1: 9.30am tea/introductions for 10am start all other days: 10am start
approx 1pm - 2pm please bring a packed lunch. Hot drinks will be provided.
approx 4.30pm each day
£250 per person
we will provide a full refund if you cancel your place more than 14 days in advance of the course start date. Please note that we will be unable to refund your course fee or transfer you to another course if you cancel your place less than 14 days before the start of the course.
what to wear:
Wear sturdy shoes or boots at all times. Please also wear warm, comfortable clothes that are suitable for the current weather conditions. You will be outside (under cover if it rains) for most of the course.
what to bring:
all tools and materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring along any interesting tools!
how to book:
To secure the place, you will need to complete a booking form. Booking forms can either be returned by email, along with payment by bacs, or returned in the post with a cheque. You will then be sent a booking confirmation, outlining where to go and what to bring. If you haven’t received confirmation with 10 days of sending in your booking form, please contact us on 01892 740303. Please note that once payment has been banked, the course will run as advertised, and we will expect to see you on the day unless you have notified us otherwise. We will issue a full refund if you give us 14 days notice of cancellation. Unfortunately if you cancel your place within 14 days of the course date, we will not be able to refund your course fee.
Bore Place, nr Edenbridge, Kent Courses and volunteer days are held at Bore Place, near Sevenoaks, Kent (www.boreplace.org) - an environmental and educational charity on a 500 acre organic dairy farm, set in beautiful low weald countryside. Converted farm buildings and a Jacobean Manor House offer accommodation if required, with walks and local pubs to enjoy when you’re not wooding! Directions will be sent to you once you’ve booked on a course and can also be accessed from the contact us page.
Depending on availability, Bore Place can offer B&B to course participants from £65 +VAT per person/night. Camping is available for £20 per person per night. It is essential that you contact Bore Place in advance to book either camping or bed and breakfast, and we ask that all guests respect each other’s privacy and, where appropriate, the peace and quiet of Bore Place.