Green woodWhat is it and why use it?
Green wood is from a recently felled tree that still has the moisture from the living plant in it. The wood is relatively soft and easy to work and does not produce dust while working. Green wood can be cleft easily, enabling rapid sizing. Using green wood negates the need to “season” the wood before working it. The worked pieces can then be dried very quickly and assembled when dry. Green woodworking is cheap , safe and immediate.
The pole lathe is a primitive and ancient device that uses leg power to spin the timber blank so a sharp tool can be held against it and the wood “turned”. It uses a long flexible pole as a return spring, hence the name. It has been used for centuries to make chair parts.
A shaving horse is a leg operated clamp that is designed to be used in combination with a draw knife, which is essentially a strong knife with a handle at each end.
The user sits astride the horse and clamps the work piece by pushing the feet forwards while drawing the blade towards themselves. This sounds dangerous but it’s actually very hard to cut yourself when using it in the correct way.
The shaving horse is used for many green woodworking tasks.
The timber we mostly use for chair making is ash.It grows straight and is tough, resiliant and beautiful and currently plentiful. Sadly the ash die-back disease has taken hold in this country and ash could become a far rarer tree and less available timber.!
Camping in the woods is available at no extra cost . The woods are large and wild and there is plenty of wood for camp fires. Apart from a compost loo there are no amenities. There is space for camper vans too, but not hardstanding and no electic hookups ! Or if you would rather something mor luxurious check out some of the nearby accommodation on AirBnB.
Vegetarian lunches are provided. We usually have a wholesome soup with good local bread and cheese, home-made pickles and fruit.. Plenty of tea and coffee , cakes and flapjack will keep you energised.
Chair making brings together several interesting and unusual woodworking techniques – Learn to:
- Cleave wood with axe and maul.
- Use a bodging axe
- Use a shaving horse and draw knife
- Use the pole lathe
- Use an adze , spokeshave and travisher
- Steam bend wood
- Use a brace and bit for hole boring
- Master complex multi-angle assembly