Peter Wood looks forward to welcoming new students on to his courses, the first of which starts in April
The award-winning Greenwood Days woodland craft centre is looking forward to welcoming people back to their outdoor workshop from 14 April this year. Throughout 2021, there will be nearly 60 courses running, from one-day introductions, which make a much needed break or perhaps a present for someone who needs a relaxing ‘day in the woods’, to a week’s holiday making your very own greenwood Windsor chair.
The centre is a large purpose-built outdoor workshop nestling in ancient woodland in The National Forest where some of the country’s leading makers can safely teach their craft. Each course is taught suitably distanced and under cover.
Peter Wood – who set up the centre – teaches traditional and contemporary Windsor chairmaking and associated greenwood skills - steam-bending, pole-lathe turning and tool sharpening – and employs some of the country’s leading practitioners to offer courses from spoon carving to willow basketry, longbow making to carving. They pass on their skills and enthuse both amateurs and professionals. Students attend the courses to increase their knowledge, broaden their skill base, or perhaps have been gifted a course as a Christmas or birthday present and want to have a fantastic time in the wood.
Peter has been a traditional greenwood (pole-lathe) turner and Windsor chairmaker for 25 years. He lives and works in The National Forest supporting the creation of this large woodland both for its amenity value and as a growing material resource.
Seeing the need for a holistic, full circle approach to woodland management, he set up Greenwood Days in 1994 to train people in skills using the wood which comes from these well managed woodlands. The centre and Peter’s business have grown over the years and now offer one of the largest ranges of traditional craft experiences in the country, focusing mainly on woodland crafts.
Peter is an award-winning Windsor Chairmaker, and has featured in the Heritage Crafts Association newspaper, published for London Crafts week, and is also one of their selected makers. He teaches around the country – Lincoln Heritage Centre, The Sylva Centre, West Dean College and guest lecturer at Rycotewood furniture centre, Oxford – and has also been a featured maker for the RHS, where he showed how traditional craft can be used in contemporary making.
Greenwood Days now runs nearly 60 courses for the general public, and these cover a wide range of skills taught by some of the country’s leading practitioners. The centre also hosts specialist courses, one-to-one masterclasses, runs birthday parties for children and adults, stag and hen events, as well as team building days using these woodland skills.
To see the full range of courses on offer for 2021, click here.
Location: Greenwood Days, Ferrers Centre, Staunton Harold, Leicestershire LE65 1RU
Tel: 01332 864 529 / 07946 163 860
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