TouchWood Crafts green wood workshops are a great way to spend a day getting back to nature. During your day with us in our Oxfordshire workshop, you will learn about the history and craft of wood carving, and create something special to take home, use and be proud of.

“The day included great instruction on selecting the wood, preparing it and then working it on the lathe – and whole thing was enjoyable and informative.  Charles is a first class instructor and a very patient man – his teaching was excellent.  All in all it was a great day and I learnt a lot.  Well worth doing.”Mike (Introduction to greenwood work)

We cater for groups and individuals, team building away days and parties. All workshops are tailor made, so please let TouchWood Crafts know if there is anything you would like to try. We also offer demonstrations, on or off site.

To book a course please contact us at or on 07871049306

Customer on green wood spoon carving course

Tools used for wood craft, green wood working and carving

Turning greenwood on a pole lathe, pole lathe turning bodger workshop


Spoon carving

Our most popular workshop. Spoon carving is a fantastic way to learn the basics of green wood carving. At the end of the day you will have made your own spoon to use and show your friends.

The day starts with a single log. You will cleave it down, use an axe to shape and finish with various knives to smooth and perfect your spoon.

This workshop is suitable for all abilities.

Introduction to green wood

Perfect for anyone who really wants get stuck into the world of green wood craft and carving. You will learn axe skills, cleaving, turning on a pole lathe, carving and more.

This workshop is suitable for all abilities.

Pole lathe turning

Used by craftsmen for millennia, the pole lathe is one of the most important tools in sustainable green wood craft.

This workshop takes an advanced look at the pole lathe. Perfect for those who have a particular project in mind to spend time working on and to get to know the finer side of turning.

This workshop is suitable for intermediate and advanced crafters.

Introduction to furniture making

A 2 day workshop where you can really hone your skills and make your own usable stool. learning jointing techniques and the art of assembling a unique free form piece. you will do everything from scratch, start with a log end with a stool!

This workshop is suitable for all abilities


Workshops are run in Ashbury, Oxfordshire. In the summer months we will spend the day outside, under our canvas workshop. In the winter we will be inside the main workshop with the stove on!

 All Touchwood Crafts workshops are £130 a day. Tea, coffee and water are provided, though we ask that your bring your own lunch. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.