Green woodworking courses

A great wet-weather alternative in the Cairngorms which is physical, creative, and relaxing. No prior experience is needed and all tools and material will be provided. Courses are outdoors in the woods, with shelter if wet; just bring your lunch, outdoor clothing and you will go home with a hand-carved creation of your very own.

Places on wood carving courses are limited so book in advance to avoid disappointment. Numbers are generally kept to a maximum of seven with the exception of group bookings so that I can dedicate more time on a one-to-one basis.

Your course will differ depending on the time of year! Any vouchers you may have are only valid in the relevant season.  They will be either a Summer or Winter course.  The reason for this is due to the sometimes very chilly weather we get in Winter in which we need to all work in my little cabin next to the log stove which only takes 3 people.  Also because of the cold it is very good for the soul to have warm home cooked food.  For these reasons the Winter courses are more expensive than Summer ones. Summer courses are all outside in the fresh air taking up to 7 people and lunch is not included so it is cheaper.  Winter Period runs from 1st November to 10th March.

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Comments from course participants

“This course offers a beginner a fantastic opportunity to learn about bowl carving. It is excellent value for money, in fact it may be too cheap! It is a superb way to de-stress and feel at one with nature. Tom is a marvellous, patient teacher who goes the extra mile to make sure you have a brilliant experience.

“I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in craft or who needs a complete change of pace. The atmosphere is relaxing, the concentration required takes your mind off  work and you walk away from a beautiful place with a feeling of real achievement.  I sang all the way home.”


Janet Hood

“Great day on Saturday carving my bowl, will definitely book the rustic furniture workshop later in the year. Seriously addicted to hand carving now, living room carpet will never be the same again!!!!”


Denis Lockhart

“I had an absolutely fantastic day, it really was perfect. I had no idea what to expect and I thought you pitched it perfectly. Your teaching was excellent, very encouraging, and your passion for the work was really infectious. I’ll definitely be back, and have told lots of people about you already. Thank you.” 


Rachel Lintott