Our work at Denbies Hillside
A group of woodworking volunteers at Landbarn Farm carry out a wide range of conservation quality commissions for the National Trust, other charities and parish councils. Their workshop sits in a valley at the base of Denbies Hillside, near Westcott. Discover more about the work they do.
A growing team
The woodworking team started with three volunteers. Today there are seven, including professional wood sculptor Iain Carver. The team enjoys taking on new challenges, refining their techniques and expanding their skills. Their work covers everything from selecting the wood, wood-trimming, sawing, drilling, design and furniture making.
Based in converted dairy sheds, the woodworkers’ workshop is complete with electrical saws, planers, lathes, spindle-moulders and dust extraction units. This enables the team to complete a range of projects from heritage window frames and churchyard gates to barn doors and wood sculptures.
They work mostly with FSC accredited oak, harvested from sustainably managed woodland on nearby Bookham Commons. The timber is allowed to season for six years before it is taken into the workshop.
Woodwork on Denbies Hillside
The picnic tables and benches on the hillside were made by Tim, Peter and Robin, the original team of woodworking volunteers, alongside newer recruits Kevin, Iain and Chris.
You don’t need to have woodworking experience to get involved. Our current team has a variety of backgrounds, from accounting to teaching to engineering. The work requires practicality, attention to detail, and a commitment to accuracy, plus working as part of a close team.
If you wish to find out more, please email Henry Barnard, Lead Ranger at Landbarn Farm.
Denbies Hillside is a great place to explore the great outdoors. Enjoy peaceful countryside walks, slopes covered in wildflowers and panoramic views.
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