top of page
Cleft oak gate making - 8-11 August 2024 (LLC)
Cleft oak gate making - 8-11 August 2024 (LLC)

Thu, 08 Aug


Wernog Wood

Cleft oak gate making - 8-11 August 2024 (LLC)

Gate making - Taught by Jack Ritson

Join waiting list below
or see other events

Time & location

08 Aug 2024, 09:00 – 11 Aug 2024, 17:00

Wernog Wood, Llanbedr-Dyffryn-Clwyd, Ruthin LL15 1YE, UK

More about your course

Do you live, work or volunteer in Denbighshire? Are you aged 18+ years?

Please note that this is a condition for taking part in this course.

Cleft oak gatemaking - Taught by Jack Ritson

Over 4 days Jack Ritson will introduce you to traditional green woodworking techniques, taking a close look at the different grades and characteristics of oak for strength and beauty. You will learn the art of cleaving to split your log into various sizes using wedges & froes. You will then use an axe & drawknife to shape these on your shave horse, and finally cut mortice & tenon joints for assembly into a finished and beautiful gate.

Cleaving is the technique of splitting wood down the grain rather than the more conventional sawing of fibres. Consequently, 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. You will take home a handmade gate of up to 4ft wide that will make you proud each time you walk through it!

Please inform us 48 in advance if you are no longer able to attend so we can offer your space to someone else. For detailed information about your course, please see

In a collaborative partnership between Wernog Wood and the Little Learning Company, this course is funded by the UK Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund, awarded by Denbighshire County Council.

As a condition of your fully funded space, you will be required to fill some official forms for the funders on the day of your course. These will be available in English and Welsh and will include:

- Heritage Skills Project Enrolment form

- Learner feedback form

- Photo consent form

Book your space

  • Fully funded spaces

    Fully funded spaces for people living working or volunteering in Denbighshire, aged 18yrs+. Funded by UK Government working in partnership with The Little Learning Company.

    Sold Out

This event is sold out

Share course details

Our courses are for adults only. By booking, you are confirming that all participants are over the age of 18 years

Join the waiting list or express interest in future courses

If a course is full, please join the waiting list as we will contact you in case of any cancellation ... it does happen!


If you would like to attend a course but can't make it on the available date, you can register interest in future dates.

bottom of page