Due to Covid-19, we have reduced personnel at the offices of the Sylva Foundation and our premises at the Sylva Wood Centre. Emails and phone messages are being checked but please allow a little longer than usual to receive a response.
Please do not arrange a formal visit without first checking with us. Members of the public are free to enjoy our network of permitted paths through the Future Forest as usual.

Sylva Wood School

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We established the Sylva Wood School to plug significant gaps which exist in formal wood education. Ultimately, we want to support a revival of Britain’s wood culture through excellence in creativity and craftsmanship using home-grown timber.

Our aims are to:

  1. Stimulate an innovative and skilful approach to design and craft in home-grown timber.
  2. Educate the next generation of consumers, designers, craftspeople, and woodland owners to ensure growth in the value of trees and timber.
  3. Support the next generation of designers and makers in wood, helping to bridge the gap between education and professional life.
  4. Create inspiring experiences and opportunities for young people to experience making with homegrown timber.

We provide a growing range of courses at the Sylva Wood School under two main categories:

Maker Sessions enable course participants to learn new skills and take away a beautiful object. Examples include coat hooks, greenwood stool making, steam-bent lightshades, ash canoe paddle, and more.

Woodwork Sessions are designed to hone your skills and techniques. Examples include dovetailing, steam-bending, hand-planing, and more.

"I can't think of anything that could have improved a perfect couple of days – I will be signing up for another one soon."

Gift vouchers are available for courses, providing a helpful discount for someone special. To find out more visit our shop.

2020 Courses

Maker session - Coat Hooks

category: OTHER   tutored by Joseph Bray
Sat, 22 August 2020
0.5 days
£50.00
6 places remaining

Knife skills and whittling

category: ONE-DAY   tutored by Martin Damen
Sun, 23 August 2020
1 day
£95.00
SOLD OUT

Sharpening and Hand-planing

category: ONE-DAY   tutored by Joseph Bray
Sat, 19 September 2020
1 day
£95.00
4 places remaining

Spoon Carving

category: ONE-DAY   tutored by Martin Damen
Sun, 27 September 2020
1 day
£110.00
5 places remaining

Dovetail Tray

category: TWO-DAY   tutored by Joseph Bray
Sat, 3 October 2020
2 days
£225.00
SOLD OUT

Introduction to Steambending

category: ONE-DAY   tutored by Charlie Whinney
Sat, 10 October 2020
1 day
£125.00
9 places remaining

Maker session - Steambending AM

category: OTHER   tutored by Charlie Whinney
Sun, 11 October 2020
0.5 days
£75.00
9 places remaining

Maker session - Steambending PM

category: OTHER   tutored by Charlie Whinney
Sun, 11 October 2020
0.5 days
£75.00
4 places remaining

Greenwood Stool Making

category: ONE-DAY   tutored by Peter Wood
Sun, 17 October 0202
1 day
£100.00
7 places remaining

Greenwood Stool Making

category: ONE-DAY   tutored by Peter Wood
Sun, 18 October 2020
1 day
£100.00
6 places remaining

Box Making

category: TWO-DAY   tutored by Joseph Bray
Sat, 31 October 2020
2 days
£225.00
5 places remaining

Knife skills and whittling

category: ONE-DAY   tutored by Martin Damen
Sat, 14 November 2020
1 day
£95.00
6 places remaining

Spoon Carving

category: ONE-DAY   tutored by Martin Damen
Sun, 15 November 2020
1 day
£110.00
SOLD OUT

Paddle Making

category: TWO-DAY   tutored by Colin Henwood
Sat, 21 November 2020
2 days
£225.00
8 places remaining

Maker session - Simple dowel stool

category: ONE-DAY   tutored by Joseph Bray
Sat, 12 December 2020
1 day
£110.00
6 places remaining