Here at Little Trewern, looking out across the spectacular Brecon Beacons’ National Park, I offer Woodworking courses for Beginners and Improvers. In our workshop you can learn how to cut and craft wood, and you will discover the true joy of “creating something new”.
Woodworking Courses for Beginners at Little Trewern
Please note that I accept a maximum of two learners on every course. This helps me to provide you with individual tuition as you start on your woodworking journey.
Learn about Green Wood Working – Beginners’ One Day Taster Course
A chance to find out if Green Wood Working is for you! You will be able to explore our woodlands, harvest some green wood, and shape the green wood in our workshop. You will be able to make a small stool. More
Learn About Traditional Wood Working – Beginners’ One Day Taster Course
A chance to find out if Traditional Wood Working is for you! You will be able to have a go at measuring, sawing and planing timber, and cutting basic joints. You will be able to make a pair of sliding book ends. More
Learn About Green Wood Working – Beginners’ Two Day Course
Here you will learn learn how to identify hazel, oak, and ash in our woodlands, how to harvest coppice wood for furniture, how to split and shape green wood, and how to cut round tenon joints. You will be able to make a small green wood table or stool. More
Learn About Traditional Woodworking – Beginners’ Two Day Course
Here you will learn how to use the four key tools of the furniture maker, how to sharpen these tools, and how to mark and cut a mortice and tenon joint. You will be able to make a fold-up stool. More
Learn about Green Wood Woodworking – Beginners’ Four Day Course
As well as the content of the Two Day course, you will also learn how to measure moisture in wood, how timber is cut in a sawmill, how to stack and season oak and ash planks, and how to join seasoned timber. You will be able to make a chair or table from green wood and seasoned timber. More
Learn About Traditional Woodworking – Beginners’ Four Day Course
As well as the content of the Two Day course, you will also learn how to obtain quality timber from different sources, how to select native grown timber for woodworking, how to design a small table, how to finish your furniture using different products, and how modern power tools can be used in furniture making. You will be able to make a small table. More
“Thank you Simon for a great weekend. The teaching was very informative, clear, and concise, with each individual’s ability and goals in mind. The course exceeded my expectations. I feel inspired!” Beginners’ Two Day Woodworking Course.
“The learning environment was excellent, with the teaching style fun and relaxed. I will be back again, thanks!” Beginners’ Two Day Woodworking Course. More
Simon runs the Woodworking Courses for Beginners
“As an apprentice cabinet maker in the 1970’s I made fine furniture from Brazilian mahogany. It was only later that I asked whether this mahogany had been clear-felled from the rain-forests, and questioned what impact that had upon the indigenous peoples who lived there.
Indeed, seeking answers to those questions led me to become a woodworking anthropologist!
My woodworking inspiration has come from William Morris, socialist and founder of the Arts and Crafts Movement; from the indigenous peoples I have had the privilege to study, especially the Baka of Cameroon and the !Kung of southern Africa; from the “ woolly-hatters” at the Green Wood Trust who shared their knowledge and skills with me over three decades; and from the foresters and academics who have patiently knocked some sense into my head about the ecology of our native woodlands.” More
“Simon is a fantastic woodwork teacher. His style is relaxed, comfortable, encouraging and he obviously knows his subject very well. We learnt many new skills and had lots of fun along the way, benefitting from Simon’s broad experience…” July 2018