The Greenwood Workshop is based in a 40 acre broadleaf woodland in the heart of the Purbeck hills. Using only wood from the woodland I produce my chairs, stools, bowls and spoons using a pole lathe, shave horse and hand tools (no electricity, just a lot of leg power!) The timber is extracted by horse, and is also used to produce logs and charcoal.
Green woodworking is the term given to anything made out of freshly felled wood, ideally within three months of being cut as the piece of wood still has a high moisture content; this enables it to be easily shaped using hand tools.
At the Greenwood Workshop, I concentrate on bodging - or chair making. The process begins with a freshly felled log, which is riven (split) down the grain using a froe (type of axe). The corners of the section are then trimmed off using a side axe. From here the piece of wood is held in place using a device called a shave horse; this allows you to trim the log further into a cylinder with a drawknife.
The final shaping and decoration is done on the pole lathe. Components can be steam bent; the fire for which is fueled by chippings from the workshop floor so nothing goes to waste. Once the chair or stool is assembled I oil the wood and weave the seat out of rush.
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