Greenwood gallery trail at Bradfield Woods
About the event
Wood workers, crafts people and artists will be displaying their work in a short trail though the woods.
Find out all about coppice management from the Bradfield Woods reserve team.
Activities for children 10am-12 and 2-3pm
Refreshments 10.30am - 2.30pm
Bring a picnic and stay all day
Sign up for taster sessions on the day, to include:
Knife skills 11am - 12noon
Demonstrations to include:
pole lathe turning
£3 per person recommended donation.
Limited car parking, please walk, cycle or car share, if you can.
Here's some more information about some of our exhibitors:
An interest in archaeology and ancient technology first inspired Will Wall to take up Green Woodwork. Working at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village in the 1990's, he spent his days researching, recreating and demonstrating ancient crafts using the simple tools and techniques of our ancestors. A series of different office-based jobs followed, but on leaving full-time employment in 2017, Will was able to devote more time to teaching and inspiring others to take up the simple but effective skills of green woodwork.
Principally a maker of bowls turned on the pole-lathe, Will also makes spoons, spatulas and other kitchen ware, along with trellises, hurdles and other green wood items for the garden.
Fay is our friendly spoon carving and natural dyeing tutor. Fay's interest in all things craft started with historical re-enacting when she was a teenager and has grown exponentially since then. Fay spends half her time working for English Heritage and the other half making, experimenting and exploring the East Anglian countryside.
Stephanie is an artist inspired by the patterns she sees in the natural world and works across a range of media, currently experimenting with metal and wood.
Stephanie is the Creative Director of local social enterprise Art Branches cic which aims to improve people's health and wellbeing through creative projects liked to the environment. She specialises in creating bespoke workshops for adults recovering from mental health issues and works with NSFT, gatehouse and supported housing groups.
Simon has been working with green wood for about fifteen years. Over that time he has made stools, bowls, spoons and many gypsy flowers. He is still enchanted by the quiet pleasure of using hand tools to craft freshly cut wood.
After a career in molecular science and plant breeding, Nick got into greenwood carving in 2018. Now a full-time business, the Gosman Spoon Co provides spoon and bowl carving courses to beginners and improvers from their family home near Diss in Norfolk.
A career in woodland conservation and education in north London led on to 10 years with Essex Wildlife Trust managing woodland reserves. I discovered greenwood working and later, together with Hugh, built our first lathe. Bringing up our 2 sons, we have nurtured their interest in tools and crafts, and love of being outdoors; a great balance to their predilection towards computers.
My main interest is in making spoons. I also make jewellery inspired by nature, using shells, wooden beads, natural gemstones etc, and dream catchers with a difference using recycled jewellery.
A varied early history including agricultural college, farming in France and bus driving. This was followed by taking a degree as a mature student and a career in IT. Currently supervising a Men In Sheds charity project which encompasses a wide range of skills including antique chair repairs, for which I enjoy turning replacement parts. I tend to concentrate on greenwood spindle turning, making chair parts and tool handles although I do branch out (pun intended) into other woodworking areas.
- On arrival at our site and throughout the event, please observe government guidance on social interactions appropriate to the current step on the roadmap out of lockdown. Please note it is your responsibility to ensure all members of your party are following these guidelines.
- Sanitising hand gel will be available for you to use on arrival.
- If you or a member of your household is showing ANY signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or you have been told by NHS Test and Trace to isolate, you must not attend this event.
Suitable forFamilies, Adults
Know before you go
People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance