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Traditional Woodland Crafts

Traditional Woodland Crafts

This one-week unique craft workshop will take you back in time on a journey of exploration, centred around traditional woodland practices and trees.

To book your place today, simply click 'Book Now' to be taken to AUB's secure online store, where you can complete your booking.

What you need to know

Monday 17 July – Friday 21 July 2023

09.30-16.30

At the point of booking you can choose to add accommodation and/or our popular half-board catering package. See below for the cost of different options.

Course only

£874

Course fee plus accommodation

£1,124

Course fee plus accommodation and half-board catering package

£1,199

  • Suitable footwear and clothing for all outdoor activities
  • A packed lunch, snacks, and drinks for all scheduled location activities

Please note, if you book our half-board catering package, you'll have your lunch provided as part of your board.

  • All course materials and resources
  • Access to industry-standard software, equipment and studio spaces
  • Transportation from AUB to all off-site locations
  • Woodland tours and talks

To take advantage of our economically priced accommodation, simply select the appropriate accommodation and/or half-board catering option when you book your place.

Accommodation includes

  • Single study bedroom with private en-suite bathroom in AUB Halls of Residence, situated on AUB's campus
  • Halls of Residence Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour on-site security staff and live-in AUB residential staff (help is available 24/7)

Take a look at AUB’s Halls of Residence, just click on the Campus Halls option.

Half-board catering package includes

  • Half-board catering (breakfast and lunch)
  • Single study bedroom with private en-suite bathroom in AUB Halls of Residence, situated on AUB's campus
  • Halls of Residence Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour on-site security staff and live-in AUB residential staff (help is available 24/7)

Take a look at AUB’s Halls of Residence, just click on the Campus Halls option.

  • All specialist tools, equipment and course materials are included in your course fee
  • Come away with a deepened appreciation and understanding of traditional woodland management and coppicing practices, including an understanding of how historical coppicing techniques are as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago
  • Develop your understanding of different finishing techniques and expand your knowledge of sustainability and ecology
  • Gain hands-on experience identifying different woods, their uses, and preparing wood for constructing utensils and furniture
  • Increase your knowledge of tree species and derivatives such as tree bark, and their uses
  • Experience learning new skills and traditional crafting techniques to build your own furniture piece with confidence and enjoyment
  • Receive expert support and guidance from a practising professional artist, including feedback on your ideas and work
  • The opportunity to network and share ideas with other students from around the globe
  • Access AUB's industry-standard studio spaces, including the specialist equipment and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Leave with skills and foundations that you can use at home to continue creating beyond this course
  • Study alongside up to 10 like-minded students and have fun

About this course

This course will take you back through time on a journey of exploration and learning from human pre-history right into the 21st Century. Centred around traditional woodland practices and trees, you'll be provided with a solid understanding in green woodworking and the multitude of associated woodland crafts this offers.

Set in some of Dorset’s beautiful woodlands, you'll explore and gain a deep insight into the understanding of trees, wood selection, including traditional coppicing techniques and crafting tools. During the course, you'll also be introduced to and take part in designing and fashioning your own piece of bespoke furniture, mainly conducted on location in carefully managed woodland.

You'll investigate and explore examples of woodland crafts dating back 5,000 years, gaining deep insight and inspiration from indigenous knowledge and how this can be applied in the modern world. You'll learn about and appreciate the extraordinary number of highly practical objects which were, are, and still can be fashioned from our woodlands in an ecologically friendly and sustainable manner.

Throughout the week, sessions will take place both on and off campus to give you the opportunity to experience working in an authentic coppice situated in beautiful Dorset.

You'll be taught how to ‘see’ and ‘recognise’ the intriguing world around you including woodland tours and understanding how the natural British woodland is managed (coppiced) at different stages throughout the annual cycle.

As the week progresses, you'll explore the principles of coppicing and be introduced to wood selection, and the essential crafting tools and specialist techniques they shall use to prepare, design and craft their design pieces.

You'll be expertly led by your tutor, Jack Fazey, who has a wealth of industry knowledge, having been making and teaching ancient woodland crafts, green woodworking, and bush-crafting skills for over 11 years.

  • The ecological and environmental implications of traditional coppice management
  • Introduction to crafting tools used during the course
  • How to prepare wood and use specialist tools and devices safely and effectively
  • Crafting, shaping, and detailing design pieces
  • Woodland tours and talks

The minimum age for this course is 18 years.

This is an introductory course; therefore, no previous experience is required.

Please note, the majority of this course will take place on location, which will involve moderate walking distances, where the ground/path may be uneven in places. Ensure you're comfortable with this level of mobility.

Likewise, you'll be expected to use tools such as, wedges, mallets, axes, drawknives, drills and tenon cutters, so ensure you're comfortable with this.

Please get in touch with us if you wish to check your suitability for the course.

All course materials and resources, software and equipment are included in your course fee.

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate email the team at shortcourses@aub.ac.uk.

After this course you could:

  • Continue to harness your creativity; explore our full range of evening and weekend courses courses to see where your creative journey will take you next
  • Use your new skills to further your career or change direction
  • Continue to develop your skills at home as a hobby or undertake woodland crafts at home as a means of creativity, relaxation, and enjoyment

  • You'll study at a leading specialist university – so we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses
  • Your tutor, Jack Fazey, is an industry professional, so you'll learn from the best
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course, so there's nothing holding you back
  • You'll learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • Benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, plus use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash your creativity
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Meet your tutor

Jack Fazey

Jack Fazey

Your Traditional Woodland Crafts tutor, Jack Fazey, making and teaching ancient crafts, green woodworking and bushcraft for over 11 years.

Example woodland crafts

See below for a selection of examples of the type of work you'll undertake on this course. You'll explore what green woodworking means and undertake crafts centred around traditional woodland practices and trees. All work included in the gallery are pieces created on courses led by your tutor, Jack Fazey.

Check out woodland craft courses in action

This course will take place on location in Dorset's woodlands, and all course materials and tools are included in your course fee. Take a look at woodland craft courses, led by Jack Fazey, in action for an idea of the type of activity you'll be undertaking. You'll learn how to prepare wood and use specialist tools and devices safely and effectively, as well as master techniques to craft, shape and add detail to your designs. Plus, Jack will provide regular talks about traditional woodland crafts to ensure you leave the course with a comprehensive understanding of the craft and how to apply it.

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