The art of cleaving - make a cleft oak garden gate to your own measurements

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Stories from our students

​​This is the first time we have run this course so we hope you will create your own stories



Over 3 days your tutor will introduce you to traditional green woodworking techniques, taking a a close look at the different grades and characteristics of 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!

16-18 July 2021



£320 - tuition fees


£40-£50 for timber depending on size of gate


Tea, coffee and simple lunch included in your course price 

We also offer accommodation & evening meals

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This course is aimed at adults, aged 18yrs + and is suitable for beginners to those with experience

We are yet to confirm your tutor

Your hosts Rob and Claire made this gate

but we are far from qualified to teach you

so watch this space until we confirm

a proper and available tutor!


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