Wood Craft

People have been earning a living from woodcraft skills for thousands of years. Many of these skills are becoming lost through lack of good teachers. On these five day courses you can learn how to make useful saleable items from completely natural and sustainable materials without power tools or fancy equipment.

You can learn how to make simple rustic furniture using a Spring Pole Lathe.

Turning wood on a pole lathe

Turning wood on a pole lathe

You can learn to make fences from hazel.

You can make Willow Baskets among many other traditional skills.

Weaving with willow

Weaving with willow

You will not only learn how to make these things, but also how to procure the raw materials.  And of course you can take anything you have made home with you.

Ancient wood craft skills differ from modern wood craft because we work the wood ‘green’ – straight from the tree, where modern wood is dried and seasoned.  Green wood is relatively soft and is a pleasure to work.  Modern kiln dried wood is hard and designed to be worked with power tools, so it is more difficult to work.

The difference can best be described as moulding with clay or carving a brick.

Our first wood craft course for 2010 will most likely be in February or March and details will be published here nearer the time.

Here are some more photographs to give you the idea.  You could soon be doing the same.

Making an Oak basket

Making an Oak basket

Making a milking stool

Making a milking stool

Paula cleaving ash to make bow staves

Paula cleaving ash to make bow staves

I'd say she's happy, wouldn't you?

I'd say she's happy, wouldn't you?



Here, one of the students is testing the new pole lathe he has made.

Here, one of the students is testing the new pole lathe he has made.

Coffee, always coffee!

Coffee, always coffee!

Well, I hope these photographs have made you just a little more keen to come along and have a go with PrimWay.