A comprehensive two day course with full-time green woodworker Sharif Adams, exploring traditional carving techniques from Scandinavia. Using primarily just two tools; the axe and the knife, tools which humans have used for thousands of years, you will be guided through three projects over the two days. The focus of the course will be on how to use the tools safely and efficiently, providing you with a solid foundation for further practice at home.

You will learn about the different properties of a variety of timbers before harvesting material directly from the woods at Trill farm. Over the two days you will carve a Scandinavian style butter knife, a coat hook and a cooking spoon, exploring the fundamental principles of carving wood with edge-tools. Additionally you will learn how to sharpen and care for the tools and how to properly season and finish your wooden ware with natural curing oils.

This course is suitable for beginners and those wanting to develop their woodworking skills. We aim to be working outside (weather dependent) and foraging for our raw materials so please bring appropriate clothing for the British weather; wellies are preferable to boots as some areas of the farm can become very muddy.


Course Leader - Sharif Adams

Sharif's interest in working with wood started in 1998 whilst studying violin making at London Guildhall University. He later went on to train and work with an antique furniture restorer and whilst he learnt a lot from both these experiences, it was not until he discovered the joy and creative freedom of working with green wood that a little voice in his head quietly said, ‘this is it!’.

Sharif now works from his studio in an old Devon barn on Dartmoor. He has specialised in green woodwork and using a treadle lathe/pole lathe; an archaic machine, simple to make and maintain, using human energy to keep the work piece revolving. In the middle of winter the best way to keep warm outside is to turn a few bowls with no need for electricity or petrol. Sharif is practised in wood management and cuts all of the wood for his bowls and spoons with either a chainsaw, bow saws or large one man cross cut saws. The tools he uses for bowl turning are hand forged on a very basic homemade forge.


Course times: 9.30am - 5pm every day
Includes a delicious seasonal & organic lunch

This is a non-residential course. Please contact us if you would like to book accommodation in our eco-guesthouse or campsite.