The J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre


Set in the extensive and beautiful Ecclesall woods, the Woodland Discovery Centre is the perfect indoor and outdoor facility for a spectrum of events and a visit to the woods.  Space is available to hire at the centre for:



The centre runs craft courses all through the year from cider making to wood work skills.  Public events in the autumn and spring celebrate Sheffield’s rich woodland heritage and demonstrates the unique facilities of the centre, as well as providing activities such as story telling, discovering nature and traditional uses of wood in the home and garden.


For more information regarding any of our courses please contact us on 0114 235 6348.


Book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited to ensure a high quality personal experience with our dedicated team of craft experts.


If the course is full and you would like to be added to the waiting list or notified of an additional course, please email contact@ecclesallwoodscraftcourses.co.uk.


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COURSE DATES & SUMMARY INFORMATION  2018


Bark Craft Course. 9:30-4pm. 27/05/2018.  £85.00


On the one day course you will be shown how to make cord from Elm bark bast. Cut shape fold and stitch Elm bark to make a container/pot. You will need a sharp pruning knife (locking or fixed blade) strong gloves.


Stake & Strand Basket Making. 9.30 – 4.00pm, 03/06/2018, £85.00


Basketry making is the weaving of unspun vegetable fibers, usually to form a container. Baskets making done from any wood, vine, leaf, or fiber that could be formed into a desirable shape.


Make a Rustic 4-Legged Jointed Table. 9.30 – 4.00pm, 09 &10/06/2018. £190.00


A 2 day Course to introduce you to Green wood craft, using basic craft tools and making a Rustic table.


Greenwood Spoon Carving. 9.30 – 4pm, 24/06/2018, £85.00


Learn the ancient art of spoon carving in greenwood. A one-day course with Dave Jackson, basic spoon carving is an excellent, relaxing opportunity to get away from it all and do something different for a day, in the peace and tranquillity of our Woodland Craft Area.


Introduction to Pole Lathe Turning. 9.30 – 4pm, 30/06/2018, £85.00


A Course to introduce you to Green wood craft and how to use a Pole Lathe. Have you ever wanted to make something amazing but lacked the confidence to have a go?


Charcoal and biochar making. 9.30-4pm. 15/07/2018. £85.00


This will be a day Spent in the lovely surroundings of Ecclesall Woods Sawmill learning about how charcoal and biochar is made.


Walking Stick making. 9.30-4pm. 22/07/2018. £85.00


A one day class in the basic skills involved in making your own walking stick.


Introduction to Pole Lathe Turning. 9.30 – 4pm, 05/08/2018, £85.00


A Course to introduce you to Green wood craft and how to use a Pole Lathe. Have you ever wanted to make something amazing but lacked the confidence to have a go?


Greenwood Spoon Carving. 9.30 – 4pm, 11/08/2018, £85.00


Learn the ancient art of spoon carving in greenwood. A one-day course with Dave Jackson, basic spoon carving is an excellent, relaxing opportunity to get away from it all and do something different for a day, in the peace and tranquillity of our Woodland Craft Area.


Greenwood Spoon Carving. 9.30 – 4pm, 12/08/2018, £85.00


Learn the ancient art of spoon carving in greenwood. A one-day course with Dave Jackson, basic spoon carving is an excellent, relaxing opportunity to get away from it all and do something different for a day, in the peace and tranquillity of our Woodland Craft Area.


Tool Sharpening Course. 9.30 – 4pm, 09/09/2018. £65.00


Learn to sharpen tools effectively - did you know that many tools are sold blunt? Tool sharpening for green woodworking tools, ie axes, drawknives, billhooks, turning tools, chisels, slashers.


Walking Stick making. 9.30-4pm. 18/09/2018. £85.00


A one day class in the basic skills involved in making your own walking stick.


Introduction to Woodland Coppicing. 9.30–4pm, 23/09/2018, £85.00


Coppicing and pollarding are traditional methods of wood-land management, which have been used for generations.


Improve your hand tool skills and learn useful techniques.  9:30-4pm. 30/09/2018 £85.00


Learn how to get the best from your hand tools for greenwood crafts. This course is designed for people with some existing knowledge of hand tools, who would like to improve their skills and learn useful techniques.


Two day axe and felling course. 9:30-4pm. 13-14/10/2018. £170


This two day course will introduce the variety of different axes and their uses in and around the woods, and then working with wood.


Leatherwork: Purse and Belt Making. 9.30am-4pm. 20/10/2018. £100


Leather worker Ruth Pullan specialises in creating hand stitched bags and accessories using high quality British materials. Join her for this workshop which will give you the basic skills needed to make a leather belt and a simple coin purse.


Make a Rustic 3-Legged Stool. 9.30 – 4pm, 27/10/2018, £85.00


What is Green Wood? Green Wood is freshly felled, still sappy wood. To work it requires a set of simple techniques based on an understanding of how wood reacts - both to the tools, and to the drying and shrinking process.


Introduction to Greenwood Craft [3 day course]. 9.30 - 4pm, 2-4/11/2018, £250.00


A 3 day course to introduce you to Green wood craft, using a Pole Lathe, basic craft tools and making simple Rustic furniture.


Willow Garden Structures. 9.30 – 4.00pm, 03/11/2018, £100.00


Willow is an amazing plant. A cut stem can re-root and grow through just being pushed in the ground. It grows incredibly quickly, is tactile, flexible and a joy to work with.


Wood carving introduction for adults. 9:30 - 4pm. 04/11/2018. £85.00


Learn to use traditional carving tools with local woodcarver Jason Thomson -wood, tools and thirty years carving know how provided.


Bronze Smelting & Casting. 9.30 – 4.00pm, 10/11/2018, £85.00


Looking at the evidence for the first use of metals. It reviews the archaeological evidence and considers the problems for those wishing to reconstruct the processes.


Introduction to Blacksmithing. 9.30–4pm. 10/11/2018. £140.00


On this day course will introduce you to the basics of Blacksmithing and hand forge work. Starting with fire control and hand hammer work, you will learn carbon steel forging and make small objects such as a poker or spoon, you will leave with an authentically hand forged object.


Blacksmithing. Knife Making 9.30–4pm. 11/11/2018. £140.00


This course can be a stand alone course or can be booked alongside the introduction to blacksmithing. You will learn the basics of blacksmithing and hand forge work and create you very own knife!


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Rustic Garden Reindeer Making Workshop. 9.30 – 4.00pm, 17/11/2018, £85.00


Get into the Christmas spirit with your very own, hand-made rustic Rudolph! This course will provide you with all the materials, tools and know-how and guide you through the process of making an eco-friendly, rustic, wooden reindeer full of character, which can sit proudly in your garden or home.


Zazo Basket Making Workshop. 9.30 – 4.00pm, 17/11/2018, £85


Learn how to make the round form of  this style of stunning contemporary basket using tension weaving and beautiful bindings.


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All courses are run at the J G Graves Discovery Centre in Ecclesall Woods


For further information or to hire the facilities contact us on 0114 2356348 or woodland.discovery@sheffield.gov.uk. Or visit the website on www.sheffield.gov.uk/discoverycentre

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J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre
Ecclesall Woods
Abbey Lane, Sheffield, S7 2QZ


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