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Greenwood Days

Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

Greenwood Days

At Greenwood Days we have a fully equipped teaching centre set up within a mature 88 Acre woodland (Spring Wood). We run a programme of courses in a range of traditional crafts with courses lasting from one to seven days with most suitable for beginners and experienced crafts people. 

Some of the countries leading artisans teach these courses all with years of experience.

We run challenging team-building days, fun birthday parties (children and adults), stag and hen events and craft days for students ranging from primary age up to University courses. 

When not running the set courses the centre is available to be booked for an event to suit you, be it a half day session for you and your family or a structured team day using the craft challenges to focus on issues within a group.

The centre has all the equipment needed for each course plus toilets, parking, accommodation within 5 minutes walking and a great dining area where we sit and share lunch.

Its a magical place to learn some new skills with students returning many times.

Facilities

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  • Car ParkingCar Parking

  • Children WelcomeChildren Welcome

  • Conference FacilitiesConference Facilities

  • Educational ActivitiesEducational Activities

  • Open All YearOpen All Year

  • ToiletsToilets

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  • Parking

    Free car park.

  • Buses

    Please check traveline for detailed information on bus routes

  • Trains

    Derby

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  • Opening times

    Courses
    April - October
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    Courses
    November - March
    By appointment

  • Address

    Ferrers Centre, c/o Ferrers Centre, Staunton Harold, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1RU

Upcoming Events

Windsor chair-making
Windsor chair-making

Windsor chair-making

10 July 2017 to 16 July 2017, 09.30 to 16.30

Greenwood Days, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire


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This course is suitable for all, from complete beginners to experienced woodworkers. Beginners have the choice of a simple side chair or a continuous armchair with its more complex steam bend. More experienced or returning students have a choice of chairs they can make. We’ll look at wood selection for steam bending, cleaving smaller/longer pieces and bending the wood in two planes. There’s scope for more complex turnings on the pole lathe, introducing the skew chisel and spindle gouge. Whatever your experience you’ll finish and proudly take home an elegant Windsor chair.

Basket making
Basket making

Basket making

15 July 2017, 09.30 to 16.30

Greenwood Days, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire


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This course is a great introduction to the art of willow weaving and basket making. Under the guidance of Rachel Evans (over 20 yrs experience) you will learn how to select, prepare and weave willow. You’ll examine different varieties and learn the basic skills of creative and technical weaving. At the end of the day expect to take home a willow basket with handles.

Willow Lantern Making
Willow Lantern Making

Willow Lantern Making

16 July 2017, 09.30 to 16.30

Greenwood Days, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire


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A new course for 2017, come and learn how to make some gorgeous willow lanterns for your summer parties!

Dulcimer/Cigar Box Guitar Making Weekend
Dulcimer/Cigar Box Guitar Making Weekend

Dulcimer/Cigar Box Guitar Making Weekend

05 August 2017 to 06 August 2017, 09.30 to 16.30

Greenwood Days, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire


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Brian Crosbie local musician and instrument maker will guide you through the stages of making your own Appalachian dulcimer or cigar box guitar. You’ll design and make the sound box from modelling plywood and a neck from locally grown hardwood. You’ll string the neck and create sound holes and decoration using coping saws, craft knives and files.

Windsor Chair Making
Windsor Chair Making

Windsor Chair Making

05 August 2017 to 11 August 2017, 09.30 to 16.30

Greenwood Days, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire


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This course is suitable for all, from complete beginners to experienced woodworkers. Beginners have the choice of a simple side chair or a continuous armchair with its more complex steam bend. More experienced or returning students have a choice of chairs they can make. We’ll look at wood selection for steam bending, cleaving smaller/longer pieces and bending the wood in two planes. There’s scope for more complex turnings on the pole lathe, introducing the skew chisel and spindle gouge.

Scything
Scything

Scything

11 August 2017, 09.30 to 16.30

Greenwood Days, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire


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This day-long course is suitable for beginners wanting to learn how to scythe or those looking to refresh their skills.

Green Woodworking Experience
Green Woodworking Experience

Green Woodworking Experience

12 August 2017, 09.30 to 16.30

Greenwood Days, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire


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Spend a great day discovering the joys of working freshly felled (green) wood using hand tools, a shaving horse and a foot powered pole lathe. A relaxed day exploring the wood, learning new skills while creating your own candlestick, garden dibber or rolling pin - the choice is yours!

Spoon Carving
Spoon Carving

Spoon Carving

12 August 2017, 09.30 to 16.30

Greenwood Days, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire


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A one day introduction to the popular craft of spoon carving. You’ll spend the day learning the basic skills while carving a handsome cooking spoon. The day enables you to learn effective carving methods in a safe, relaxed environment. You’ll go home with your own spoon and the skills to continue this rewarding craft.

Green Woodworking Experience
Green Woodworking Experience

Green Woodworking Experience

13 August 2017, 09.30 to 16.30

Greenwood Days, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire


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Spend a great day discovering the joys of working freshly felled (green) wood using hand tools, a shaving horse and a foot powered pole lathe. A relaxed day exploring the wood, learning new skills while creating your own candlestick, garden dibber or rolling pin - the choice is yours!

Fan Bird Carving
Fan Bird Carving

Fan Bird Carving

13 August 2017, 09.30 to 16.30

Greenwood Days, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire


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Steve Tomlin will be teaching you to carve these amazing and beautiful birds from a single piece of wood. You will look at selecting wood and preparing it for carving before you learn to carve your own bird using simple tools and Steve’s own specially developed techniques. Expect to go home with two or more birds you’ve carved.

Sharpening Day
Sharpening Day

Sharpening Day

14 August 2017, 09.30 to 16.30

Greenwood Days, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire


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Spend a day learning how to properly sharpen your tools – otherwise known as the most useful course you’ll ever do! We’ll spend the day grinding, filing, sanding and sharpening all kinds of tools. In the wood we’ll have oil stones, water stones, diamond stones, honing paper, files, grinding wheels and more…. We’ll have plenty tools to sharpen but we’d love you to bring your own tools out and learn how to get the right bevel, sharpen and hone your tools to razor sharpness.

Greenwood Stool Making
Greenwood Stool Making

Greenwood Stool Making

30 September 2017 to 01 October 2017, 09.30 to 16.30

Greenwood Days, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire


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Make a greenwood stool on a traditional pole lathe. We will start with the growing tree, learning how to select the best wood before we cut it down ready for shaping. You’ll learn how to cleave, axe, drawknife on a shaving horse and turn the freshly felled wood on the pole lathe. You’ll dish a stool top using traditional travishers, finishing with a great stool to take home.

Square Basket Making
Square Basket Making

Square Basket Making

30 September 2017 to 01 October 2017, 09.30 to 16.30

Greenwood Days, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire


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A different style of willow basketry with master willow weaver Eddie Glew. On this course you’ll learn all the techniques of square basketry and make a gorgeous basket with handle to take home.

Longbow Making
Longbow Making

Longbow Making

02 October 2017 to 04 October 2017, 09.30 to 16.30

Greenwood Days, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire


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On this course you will learn the techniques required to shape an Ash bow. Using simple hand tools (axe, drawknife, spoke-shave and scraper), you will persuade the wood to bend to a near semi-circle and will plait a suitable bowstring.

Windsor Chair Making
Windsor Chair Making

Windsor Chair Making

02 October 2017 to 08 October 2017, 09.30 to 16.30

Greenwood Days, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire


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This course is suitable for all, from complete beginners to experienced woodworkers. Beginners have the choice of a simple side chair or a continuous armchair with its more complex steam bend. More experienced or returning students have a choice of chairs they can make. We’ll look at wood selection for steam bending, cleaving smaller/longer pieces and bending the wood in two planes. There’s scope for more complex turnings on the pole lathe, introducing the skew chisel and spindle gouge.

Willow Hurdle Making
Willow Hurdle Making

Willow Hurdle Making

07 October 2017, 09.30 to 16.30

Greenwood Days, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire


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On this one day course Simon Fowler, who has over 25 years of hurdle making experience, will show you how to weave a traditional willow hurdle.

Willow Weaving for Beginners
Willow Weaving for Beginners

Willow Weaving for Beginners

08 October 2017, 09.30 to 16.30

Greenwood Days, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire


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A great introduction to the craft of willow weaving. This course is designed to explore making smaller creations with willow; you’ll learn about the materials while making a variety of items which could include, fish, butterflies, flowers, bird feeders, platters, snails and more!

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