Introduction To Green Woodworking with the somerset bodgers

With expert guidance from our experienced tutors, you can learn and improve your traditional woodworking skills and techniques on this course.

  • Booking essential

In this course you will learn the basic skills of green woodworking. Splitting logs, chopping , Using a draw Knife and Shave Horse and finally get on to the Pole lathe and produce an item to take away such as a Dibber or Mallet. You will be shown safe working techniques that will enable you to go on to bigger things like making a chair.

You can book in person at the Bodgers area in Home Farm Courtyard when they are in residence which is generally any Monday, Tuesday or Friday between 10 AM and 3 PM You can book by emailing Stating the title and date of the course and the name (s) of those involved. Details will then be given to pay by Bank Transfer. A few days after that an email confirmation will be sent and a reminder to turn up will go out about a week before the course.

Courses are for all abilities and no prior woodworking knowledge is required. The course can be physically challenging. For more info please email


Event ticket prices
  • All £75.00

The basics

Booking details
This workshop is suitable for ages 16+
Meeting point
Head to the welcome building at Home Farm visitor centre to sign in.
What to bring and wear
Please dress for the weather - the workshop will take place undercover but outside. Please wear sturdy footwear and clothes you don't mind getting a bit messy.
Home Farm visitor centre is fully accessible.
Ticket price includes all materials, use of tools, and tea and coffee

Upcoming events

Head Gardener's trail of the house

Sun 22 May 2022
To celebrate the start of spring we asked our Head Gardener to help us bring the outside in, with a garden-themed trail in the house.

Guided estate walks

Sun 22 May 2022
Take a tour with our estate guides through the beautiful grounds of Tyntesfield.

Family green woodworking – Make a stick animal and a whistle

Sun 29 May 2022
During this two-hour session an adult and child work together under the guidance of Somerset Bodger tutors to produce a stick animal and a whistle, and find out what a whammy didler is.

Forest school for under 5’s with Wild at Play

Tue 07 Jun 2022
Let your child’s curiosity bloom at Tyntesfield with Wild at Play forest school.

Summer sketching tour 2022

Tue 21 Jun 2022
Learn something new and be inspired to draw the beautiful grounds at Tyntesfield on this summer sketching tour.

Twelfth Night with The Handlebards

Sat 25 Jun 2022
Summer outdoor theatre on the Croquet Lawn with The Handlebards.