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All courses are held at our outdoor workshop at Hackney City Farm. Please dress for all weather, sturdy footwear is recommended. Warm clothes in winter, keep your feet covered in summer and waterproofs whenever. We have a tarpaulin to protect us from the worst of it and will continue to work outside in all of it.

We also teach courses for children and young people.

Low income and unwaged concessions

  • We offer low income concessions and unwaged concessions on many of our courses. There are a limited number of concessionary spaces on each course. There is no eligibility criteria, these discounts are available for anyone who needs them. This is a trust based system, we do not require proof or even an explanation of the rate you choose.
  • We also run projects with other community groups, depending on funding these are free or very cheap to join. See if you are eligible to join any of our current projects.

Our workshop

Courses at the workshop

Induction to the workshop for new members

Our most in-depth course and one that can be adapted to all levels of experience. Become safe and confident with an axe and a knife, learn to use a shave horse and try pole-lathe turning. This course is an induction to the workshop for those who want to join our coop, or an introduction to green woodworking for those who want to carry on at home.
4 day course, includes a sloyd knife to keep. Courses dates are either over a long weekend Thursday-Sunday, or weekly on Fridays. Please check the dates before booking.
Cost: £260 full price, £200 low income, £140 unwaged (contact us for a booking code for these discounts). Free places available for Refugees and Asylum Seekers with no recourse to public funds.

Make a spatula

Learn about working with the grain, the basis for all woodworking. Use a shave horse and drawknife to make cooking utensils. Half day course, a perfect taster course.
Cost: £40 full price/ £30 low income/ £20 unwaged (contact us for a booking code for these discounts).

Spoon carving

Learn safe knife grips and carve a spoon from a locally grown tree. A great way to get started if you haven’t done much woodwork before. Also suitable for existing spoon addicts who want to improve their carving.
Cost: £70 full price/ £50 low income (contact us for a booking code for this discount) .

Bowl carving

Carve a bowl from a log using an axe, an adze, gouges and drawknive. A lot more physically demanding than a spoon. Different from bowl carving (see below).
Cost: £80 full price/ £60 low income (contact us for a booking code for this discount) .

Bowl turning

Learn how to turn a wooden bowl outdoors, using a foot powered pole lathe and simple hand tools. The only place in London teaching non-electric bowl turning!
Cost: £100 full price/ £75 concessions (contact us for a booking code for this discount)

Improving your Spooning

A one-to-one course with Samuel Alexander for people who’ve carved spoons before, a few or many, and want to focus on design and technique.

Cost: £250 per day. Contact us to arrange a date.

Introduction to Spoon Carving- evening class

Carve a locally grown spoon, from a pre-prepared blank, using two knives.

In this short evening class, using hand tools only, you will learn safe knife skills and create your own cooking spoon to take home with you. This course is particularly suitable for away days and group bookings.

Cost: £55 per person. Also available as a private booking for groups (£60pp).

Gift vouchers

You can buy gift cards through our booking partners, these are valid on over 2500 classes available on the Obby site, including all London Green Wood courses. Gift cards can only be redeemed through instead of the links on our website (the commission is different). Gift cards are valid for 1 year.

If you are buying a course as a gift for someone we recommend you come together, it’s more fun that way. We also recommend that you book a space on a specific course date rather than buy a gift card to avoid disappointment, as some of our courses book up several months in advance.

Private courses, making parties and experiential events

If you have a small group of people who’d like to get together and make stuff together, you can make a group booking for a date that suits you. Birthdays, parties, bonding, away-days, presents or for no good reason at all.

Please contact us to enquire about a private booking. The more notice you give us the more likely we are to be able to help you.

Guest Tutors
(courses with master craftspeople)

We like to support craftspeople working outside of London to access the huge number of people on our doorstep, so we offer the use of our workshop to others to run courses from. So far we have hosted:

Adam Hawker
Spoon Carving, Kolrosing & Chip Carving

Internationally reknowned spoon carver, teacher and a proper spoon obsessive if ever there was one, Adam taught at our workshop in March 2019 and returned in September 2020 to teach Chip Carving & Kolrosing and his distinctive and much admired style of Spoon Carving.

Kolrosing and Chip Carving

Kolrosing is a traditional Scandinavian decorative technique where single incised cuts are made to create a pattern, the spoon is then oiled and a colourant rubbed into the incisions and once burnished the pattern is sealed in.

Chip Carving is a style of carving in which a knifes is used to remove small chips of wood in a single piece, patterns can be free form or based on a geometric pattern. Chip carving can also be used for lettering.

On this half day course you will learn the techniques of kolrosing including how to lay out a pattern, execute neat cuts, oil and how to add colourant before burnishing. The workshop will also cover chip carving, where you’ll learn various techniques and several simple patterns/designs.

Spoon carving with Adam Hawker

Adam’s spoon carving addiction has grown over the years and he has had the privilege to learn from some of the finest spoon makers across the globe. Carving spoons, focusing on the small details that make each one different has become a meditation.

On this one day course you will learn how to safely use the axe, knife and hook knife, what to look for when selecting wood, spoon design and how to carve with confidence. Hopefully you’ll also soak up the love and passion Adam has for making these everyday functional, yet exceptional, objects.

Adrian Lloyd
Bowl Turning & Ash Splint Basket Weaving

Adrian brought his herd of 8 bowl lathes down from Cumbria in October 2018 and 2018, to teach bowl turning to the city folk. With the support that Adrian has given us we are now able to teach bowl turning within the LGW coop and launched our own courses in 2020. Currently there are no other places in London to learn bowl turning on a treadle lathe.

We’re still hoping to get Adrian back down to the big smoke one day to teach us how to pound ash and weave ash splint baskets.