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 2017



Introduction to Woodland Coppicing. 9.30–4pm, 11/02/2017, £85.00


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



Pyrography for Adults [the Art of Writing with Fire]. 10am–3pm, 18/02/2017, £85.00


Would you like to have a go at a traditional folk art? Have you ever fancied burning designs into a natural surface such as wood or leather? This course is an introduction to anyone who is interested in the art of woodburning or pyrography.



Hand Felling. 9.30-4pm. 25/02/2017. £85.00


Learn how to fell small trees by hand and how to process them ready for use as firewood, craft material and brash.



Charcoal and biochar making. 9.30-4pm. 26/02/2017. £85.00


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


Leather axe and knife sheath making


Leather axe and knife sheath making. 9.30-4pm.  04/03/2017. £95.00


On this day long workshop you will make an axe sheath for your own axe and a knife sheath for a standard Mora style 106/120 carving knife. You will learn how to condition leather, how to finish the edges, how to stitch using two needles and how to set rivets among other techniques during the day.




An introduction to Blacksmithing. 9.30–4pm. 05/03/2017. £120.00


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.



Introduction to Greenwood Craft [3 day course]. 9.30–4pm, 24-26/03/2017, £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.


Bowl and Kuksa carving. 9.30–4pm. 01 & 02/04/2017. £140.00


This course is for anyone who has a little experience at carving spoons or has done some axe and knife carving and would like to push themselves with some new projects.


Introduction to Wood Carving for Kids (aged 8+). 10–3pm, 12/04/2017, £35.00


Learn to safely use a knife, drawknife and shave horse to create traditional wooden crafts.


Basic bushcraft for kids (aged 8+). 10–3pm, 19/04/2017. £35.00


Could you survive in the woods on your own! Learn bushcraft techniques such as shelter building, basic knots and lashing techniques, how to start a fire effectively, how to use a whittling knife to make traditional wooden pegs.


Walking Stick making. 9.30-4pm. 23/04/2017. £85.00


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


Make a Rustic 3-Legged Stool. 9.30–4pm, 06/05/2017, £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.


Make a Rustic 3-Legged Stool. 9.30–4pm, 19/05/2017, £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 Pole Lathe Turning. 9.30–4pm, 28/05/2017, £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?


Carving Explorations - sculptural wood carving. 9.30–4pm, 04/06/2017. £100.00


Bring your idea or work intuitively on the day and begin to discover the techniques to release the carver in you!


Frame Basket Making. 9.30–4pm, 04/06/2017. £85.00


Basket making is one of the oldest of all crafts. It pre-dates pottery and cloth weaving, and led to the invention of both. Each student will craft his or her own frame basket. All materials and tools are provided.


Tool Sharpening Course. 9.30–4pm, 11/06/2017. £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.


Greenwood Spoon Carving. 9.30–4pm, 25/06/2017, £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.


Rustic 4 legged table 2 day course. 9:30-4pm. 01–02/07/17. £190


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


Woodland Pyrography for Kids (aged 8yrs +) .  10am–1pm, 26/07/2017, £35.00


Would you like to have a go at a traditional folk art? Have you ever fancied burning designs into a natural surface such as wood or leather? This course is an introduction to anyone who is interested in the art of wood burning or pyrography.


An introduction to Blacksmithing. 9.30–4pm. 15/07/2017. £120.00


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 and knife making 9.30–4pm. 16/07/2017. £120.00


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!


Introduction to Pole Lathe Turning


Introduction to Pole Lathe 9.30–4pm, 20/08/2017 £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 Course 9.30–4pm 26/08/2017 £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.


Walking Stick making


Walking Stick making. 9.30-4pm. 10/09/2017. £85.00


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




Make a Rustic 3-Legged Stool

Make a Rustic 3-Legged Stool. 9.30 – 4pm, 30/09/2017, £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.


Coat Hooks

Rustic Woodland Coat Hooks 9:30-4pm 08/10/2017  £85.00


Ever wanted somewhere to hang your hat?  On this course you will make your own unique coat board using locally sourced hardwoods.  The day will involve some traditional green wood working techniques and the use of a range of hand tools including: shave horses, draw knifes, saws, scrub planes and spoke shaves.



Introduction to Blacksmithing  9:30-4pm. 08/10/2017 £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.



Cider making Course

Cider Making Course  9:30-4pm. 15/10/2017  £70.00


Cider (fermented from apples) and perry (from pears) are amongst the oldest drinks produced in the UK.  As world leader, Britain is the foremost cider making country in the world and has a marvellous tradition and heritage associated with the products.


Introduction to Greenwood Craft  10am-4pm 13 & 15/10/2017 £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.


Lantern making for kids 8+  10am-3pm. 03/11/2017 £45.00


Stand out this Halloween and bonfire night with your very own handmade lantern. This course will provide you with all the materials, tools and information to create your own willow lantern that you can use over and over again at festivals, lantern processions and Halloween!


Tool Sharpening Course

Tool Sharpening  9:30-4pm 05/11/2017 £70.00


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.


Blacksmithing Course  9:30am-4pm. 04/11/2017 £140


Make a toasting fork for bonfire night On this day course will introduce you to the basics of Blacksmithing and hand forge work.


Willow Garden Structures

Willow Structures  9:30-4pm. 18/11/2017  £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.



Frame Basket  9:30-4pm  26/11/2017 £85.00


Basket making is one of the oldest of all crafts. It pre-dates pottery and cloth weaving, and led to the invention of both. Each student will craft his or her own frame basket. All materials and tools are provided.



Reindeer Making  9:30-4pm  1/12/2017 £70.00


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.


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