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Introduction to Woodworking

Make your own shaving horse

3 days

A 3 day course to build a hybrid style shaving horse from locally sourced larch. Not only will you leave with a fully operational shaving horse with which to practise green woodwork, but also with new round and square joinery skills which will set you up to make other simple pieces. Tools are essential to our relationship with making and the materials we use, and this course is a great opportunity to experience the thrill of making your own in just a few days.

Course dates

  • All dates have been postponed

Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm

Cost: £350

Please bring your own lunch.


Includes all materials, tea, coffee and refreshments.

Maximum group of 6.

The Workshop

The workshop at the Brake is a fully equipped purpose built teaching space with lots of natural light. Built by Phil, Nick and Nick 11 years ago, and rebuilt last year after a fire it is a 1000sq ft building heated by waste sawdust and the burning joy of making. There is a 600sq ft hand tool shop, which accommodates 7 students and a 400sq ft machine shop for the preparation of material. All tools are supplied and are of high quality. There is a student kitchen, and on all longer courses there will be the opportunity for making your own pizzas in the wood fired oven. There are facilities for all aspects of woodwork including, carving, turning, green woodwork, steam bending, laminating, and all aspects of joinery. All tools are supplied, but I will encourage each participant to gradually collect their own.


Nick Kary

"Since I was old enough I have enjoyed the sensation of a tool in my hand, a knife, a chisel or even a pen." Nick Kary runs our Furniture Making Courses at The Brake.


We have two beautiful holiday getaways available at The Brake.  Owing to the craftsmanship and creativity in building them they each have their own unique character and quality.  They nestle privately within our 2/3 of an acre plot of land and offer the chance to relax in a hot tub or unwind in a sauna. Take a look at our Cabins page to learn more and to book your stay with us here at The Brake.

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