Gate making - the art of cleaving
Make a cleft oak garden gate to your own measurements
Taught by Jack Holden
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Suitable for beginners and experienced gate makers
This course is aimed at adults, aged 18yrs +
Over the 3 days, Jack will introduce you to traditional green woodworking techniques, taking a a close look at the different grades and characteristics oak for strength and beauty. You will learn the art of cleaving, shaping components with an axe and drawknife, and finally joinery and assembly.
Cleaving is the technique of splitting wood down the grain rather than the more conventional sawing of fibres. Because of this, cleft wood is an incredibly strong, durable and long lasting material. The gates you make will use the natural shape of the wood and require no treatment due to the high tannin content in the oak.
At the end of the course you will take home a gate that will make you proud each time you walk through it!
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Postponed due to COVID-19 but we will find dates to suit you
£320 - Tuition fees (plus £40-£50 for timber depending on size of gate)
£8 per night - Basic wild camping in Wernog wildflower meadow
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Tea, coffee and simple lunch - included in course price
Breakfast & evening meals - not included in costs.
We have an outdoor kitchen and pizza oven for cooking evening meals. We recommend campers take turns to cook in pairs with a kitty of approximately £6 each per day for ingredients... we can shop for you!
Stories from our students
This is the first time we have run this course so we hope you will create your own stories