Construct a Shave Horse

Date(s) - 12 Mar 2022 until 13 Mar 2022
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Create one of the most useful bits of kit for a whole range of green woodworking projects – your very own shave horse!

This hands on, two-day workshop will provide all the materials needed to construct your own roundwood timber shave horse, under the expert guidance of local craftsman Jamie Miller. You will learn how use traditional tools and green wood to make a working shave horse, complete with the all important vice clamp which enables wood to be shaped by a drawknife.

shave horse (shaving horse, or shaving bench) is a combination of vice and workbench, used for green woodworking. Typical usage is to create a round profile along a square piece, such as for a chair leg or to prepare a workpiece for the pole lathe. 

The finished shave horse can be easily taken apart to fit into a normal size car boot.

If you’ve always wanted to work in green wood but are not sure how to go about it, this is the quintessential device – all you need to produce anything from a chair to a gate!

Tutor: Jamie Miller from Tŷ Pren

Fee: £110 per person (+ £40 for materials to be paid to the tutor on the day, in cash please)






For terms and conditions of bookings please click here

NB. COVID-19: This workshop will take place with social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures in place.

  • This workshop will take place according to COVID safety regulations at the time of running.
  • Please do not attend if you should be self-isolating for any reason.
  • If you are able to, please do a lateral flow test just before leaving home. 
  • There will be a smaller number of participants to allow for good social distancing. 
  • Please come prepared to work in a well ventilated room, or outdoors if the weather permits, with plenty of warm clothing. 
  • Everybody will be required to wear a face mask indoors (unless medically exempt) on arrival, whilst moving around and when working closely with the tutor etc. At other times face masks may be removed whilst sitting at a work station at a good distance from others.
  • There will be access to hand washing facilities, plus plenty of hand sanitiser available.
  • We are currently unable to provide any refreshments so please bring all of your own drinks, food and cups etc.
  • We can boil a kettle at lunch time to top up your flasks if required.

You may also be interested in other creative workshops at Denmark Farm. Please see our events calendar for our full list. 

For accommodation during this workshop in our self-catering Eco Lodge or shared Dormitory please do get in touch to check availability.

All proceeds from our events and holidays are ploughed directly back into managing our 40 acre nature reserve. Thank you for your support and please do come to visit soon.

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