Westonbirt Woodworks Open Days
Westonbirt Woodworks Open Days Westonbirt Woodworks Open Days

Many woodworkers living in the south west of England will have happy memories of the Festival of Wood and Treefest, the annual August bank holiday weekend extravaganza held at Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire. Since its demise almost two years ago, there’s been a tree-shaped gap in the woodworking calendar. Although initially on a much smaller scale, a new event run by Westonbirt Woodworks will interest hand tool enthusiasts and admirers of traditional craft skills. Hopefully this will grow to become an essential summer date for woodworkers to meet up, swap ideas and watch a few pros in action.

The initial two-day Open Day takes place on Friday June 29 and Saturday June 30, 2018. Located just below the impressive Stihl Walkway at the Westonbirt Woodworks site, the event will feature coppicing, chairmaking, woodturning, steam-bending and plenty of other craft demos. You’ll be able to try out some fine tools courtesy of Classic Hand Tools, so don’t forget your credit card! Westonbirt Woodworks plan to install timber milling and drying facilities in the near future, so visitors will be able to buy wood actually grown at the Arboretum.

Admission is free to the Open Day, though this does not include entry to the Arboretum itself. So, if you’ve ever wanted to try a shave horse or pole-lathe but were afraid to ask, this could be your chance. And rumours are there’ll be no shortage of tasty foo

For further information, visit www.greenwoodcourses.com or www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt.