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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 (75% full fee) on One day courses running midweek and on all our Induction to the Workshop courses.
  • We offer unwaged concessions on all Make a Spatula and Induction to the Workshop courses (50% full fee).
  • 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.

Contact us for information on how to book a concessionary place on a course. Let us know what course you want to join, your preferred date and which concession applies. We don’t require proof, or even a reason, it’s a trust based system and our concessions are there for those who need them.  Please note that there is only one concessionary space available on each course, and if that has been taken already you will be asked to choose another date.

Our workshop

We are no longer based at Abney Park Cemetery, in April 2021 we moved to Hackney City Farm (please don’t come to the wrong place).

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. 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.
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: £65 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)

Guest tutor – Adam Hawker

Internationally renowned carver with a spoon obsession, Adam visits London Green Wood once a year to teach Spoon Carving and the decorative techniques of Chip Carving & Kolrosing.
2022 course dates TBC

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.

  • Spatula making (half day): £40pp, 6 people.
  • Spoon carving (full day): £65pp, 6-12 people.
  • Bowl carving (full day): £115-80pp, 4-6 people.
  • Bowl turning (full day): £110-100pp, 4-6 people.
  • Online courses: Make a spatula, £18pp (plus cost of knife), bookings for min. 5 people.
  • Online courses for kids: Magic wand whittling, £18pp (plus cost of knife), bookings for min. 5 families.
  • We also do kids birthday parties at our workshop, get in touch with us to discuss.

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.