27 Jul

Green Woodworking

Through our meetup group, Rob organised a Green Woodworking workshop with Toby from the Green Wood Work Shop! After a bunch of emails, we finally found ourselves wandering through the Purbeck woods trying to find the place, only 40 mins late we could hear the banter and see the smoke rising from the charcoal  burners. We were greeted by Toby and his dog, and a couple of the guys that made it, some as far away as South Africa! (I jest, he lived nearer London!)

Fortunately being late wasn’t that much a problem, I quickly followed what the other guys had started and found myself introduced to wooden mallets, lumps of wood (turns out it was Ash) and hand axes, some heavier than others! We had a few options of what we could make, from rounders bats, garden dibbers, to spatulas.

Some images from the day:

The space


The rather rudimental work holder / lathe


The axes had flat faces on one side, and chamfers on the other, this helped them bite into the wood. Some had both sides sharpened, some had short handles, some had long.


Some rolling pins, a dibber and spatula, some having aged better than others.


Forget what this is called – but it makes the stock as smooth / round as possible before heading to the lathe.


Using a gouge to make a mark for the poppet to be located. I thought the poppet (work holder screw thing’ was a funny name, but we still say, ‘pop it in’ – don’t we?


Guide on using the roughing gouge


workin’ it


Tools of the trade


The beginnings of a rounders bat


venting the hardships of motherhood into this bat


This was a tricky tool to get to grips with, it gave a smooth flat finish, but any lapse in concentration and you’d put a lovely gash in it!



Lots of these on the ground – how many dibbers have been made here?


Rushed this – took about 1.5 hours start to finish – broke a sweat!


Unfortunately I didn’t get a snap of everyone’s finished work! Maybe ill update if I can get copies.

Thanks to Rob for organising the day and Toby for hosting (also, to his mum for the food and cake!)

Was a great day out – I think the potters wheel will be next on the list!


Last Updated on 27 July 2016 by Edward Ward