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Craft Courses across the UK

Set up in early 2012, is a comprehensive and free directory of craft courses across the UK. Their mission is to encourage and promote practical craft learning and their ambition is to become the UK’s national resource for craft courses across the UK.
Craft Courses offer FREE web pages to every craft course tutor in the UK
"Craft tutors use us to attract new students and the public use us to find and compare craft courses across the UK. Each course page has up to 20 images, a student testimonial tool, full course descriptions and contact details and a google map. We are dedicated users of social media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and blogging) all of which is done on behalf of our craft course providers. With over 40 different craft course categories, whether you fancy spoon carving, wood turning, quilting, forging iron or sugar craft, you’ll find something for you at"

GreenWood trains artisans to make high-quality wood products, adding value to forest resources and creating incentives to protect biodiversity.  Very active in South America training artisans,  building businesses and saving forests. - Greenwood Woman written by Elizabeth Cadd is an amusing collection of greenwood related articles charting her experiences as volunteer at Clissett Wood and other forays into greenwood work

www.benorford.comBen Orford is a consumate wood turner, toolmaker and blacksmith. Take a look at his handmade knives and tools. He also runs courses in Herefordshire with his wife Loise. The Bill Hogarth MBE Memorial Apprenticeship Trust (BHMAT) was set up in February 2000 in order to ensure that the coppicing skills of Bill Hogarth are recognised for their full worth and their continuity secured by setting up a broad based apprenticeship scheme. We are a group of concerned individuals involved in various ways in the coppice industry. Our focus is the North of England although we have links to other regions. We achieved charitable status in 2001.
Sid Wright and Ian Glendinning have been green woodworkering, mainly using pole lathes,in the Argyll area for more than 13 years. During this time they have worked with groups from Cowal Resource Centre, Argyll & Bute Hospital and several other groups.

Hilton Handcraft of the Ozarks is a family run and operated business located deep in the heart of the Missouri & Arkansas Ozarks hill country.

The Tree Org UK is a wonderful site for finding out about trees and how to get involved in tree related activities. Anna styles herself as "Webmother", which seems to some up her approach to how the site is created, nurtured and growing.

The Hampshire Coppice Craftsmens Group
seeks to support the work of coppice, underwood and associated craftsmen in Hampshire as well as raising awareness of the benefits and opportunities they provide for woodlands and their wildlife, the landscape, rural employment and sustainable development.

The Woodcraft School based in Midhurst West Sussex

The Urban Bodger has a new and interesting web site

The Woodland Trust Community Woodland website

Jack Beckett runs Woodland Organics, a Dorset based company specialising in woodland skills and products.

The Cashel Project. This is dedicated to forestry regeneration and restoration in Scotland.

Peter Wood's site offers over 25 courses in all manner of greenwood crafts all run at his woodland workshop in the National Forest. Established over 20 years.

Wessex Coppice Group raise the profile of the coppicing industry.

Sussex and Surrey Coppice Group

Dorset Coppice Group

Edward Brun offering his coppice products

Tom Kettie's page on medieval stools and lathes.

Ted Rushworth's site has some nice pictures and he is obviously a productive bodger.

A sustainable woodland project including various greenwood working activities such as the use of a pole lathe.

Woodland Heritage Trust is a non profit organisation dedicated to sustainable woodland. Plenty of links to other sites from this one.

The Small Woods Association for those who would like to find out about owning woods and other related subjects.

Nichael Cramer An American member of APT, he has a passion for vintage hand tools.

Jon Warnes Retailer of woodworking tools and books.

Mog makes bodhran or Irish frame drums. He also teaches how to make them from his base in Norfolk (UK)

Learn how to make your own tools Bob Oakes runs courses and will demonstrate blacksmithing

Bison Bushcraft offer a range of tools and training courses in woodland work and survival.

Centre for Alternative Technology Well worth a visit, always something new going on.

North House Folk School For those who fancy combining a holiday with a course in Minnesota.

Pole Lathe Turning is just one of a variety of Rural Skills that The Dean Heritage Museum demonstrate and provide courses in. The site features art and craft courses in rural Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire. David Partridge of Dorset makes traditional hurdles and garden furniture to sell. John Alexander makes stick chairs. The chairs are constructed with hand tools.

Felicity Irons runs courses in traditional rushworking. Located on a farm in rural Bedfordshire, rumours are that the food served on her courses is excellent as well!

Mace Bryant runs the Bodgers Barn in Bridport Dorset, this is a Social Enterprise providing training workshops in bowl turning and chair making.

UKIC (United Kingdom Institute for Conservation) wood section

Del Stubbs worked with Swedish spooncarver Willie Sunqvist and now makes the most exquisite woodcarving knives anywhere.

For the heretics who use powertools a site with lots of things to spend money on.

If you are looking for kiln dried timber take a look at

Ben and Jo's site has yurts for hire as well as demonstrations from their lovely canvas roll top caravan.
Campwood Crafts

Jim Steele has been making windsor chairs for over 20 years. For many years he has also given a great deal of his time to the APT&GW

David Saltmarsh has a nice informative web site about his chairmaking he has is a member of the APT&GW

John Waller can be found in Kent running courses and making hurdles baskets etc..

Andy Basham,, coppice craftsman, makes a range of greenwood items and has a programme of courses, including rustic chair making.

The Woodsmiths Store Maurice Pyle's specialist store supplying tools and books for green woodworking and traditional woodland craft. Maurice has been a full time green woodworker since the early nineties, and teaches woodcraft all year-round at his dedicated indoor greenwood workshop in the heart of Northumberland. He, along with other specialist tutors runs the Certificate in Greenwood Craft course from Jan – April each year.  He is a co-founder and Trustee of the Bill Hogarth Memorial Apprenticeship Trust.

Organisations listed in Mike Abbot's new book visit Mike's website

A list of tool and material suppliers also from Mike's new book