first building on the site was my workshop. Well, you do have to get your
priorities right ! This was used initially to make various bits for the
house. During the last few years it was used as a production workshop
and had become a little 'tired'. Recently, partly to conform with the
dreaded HSE, it has been re-equipped with several new machines. This has
resulted in a full complement of both hand and machine tools to cater for
all skill levels in our woodworking courses.
you prefer the qualities of working entirely by hand to learn woodworking
skills, we have the means. There is a certain satisfaction in the qualities of handwork.
Further to my experience with the Green Wood Trust I have also acquired the tools
needed for working in green timber, so you will be able to enjoy the discipline of
working with a shave horse and a draw knife. We are able to supply all the hand
tools you require, but most people have some tools of their own which they
are welcome to bring along. If you want help with the black art of sharpening tools then help is at hand.
we do not shy away from the use of machine tools. There is a full
complement of machine tools - circular saw, planer-thicknesser, mortiser,
lathe, band-saw and the normal powered hand tools. There is also a rounder
engine and a set of rounding planes. From the pictures (course material) you will see that it
can produce the components for the English ladder back and the Shaker
chairs with remarkable ease and precision. Steam bending gear is also
available if you wish to produce curved components.
2009 the workshop was extended - click on the rightmost image
to see how it looks. Further details are given here