Will St Clair Green Woodwork

Learn to make hand crafted wooden objects in a beautiful woodland setting

25/08/2021

Spooooooons!
One of the true masters of spoon carving, @adamhawker1 is coming to teach a weekend course at our woodland workshop on the 4th and 5th of September.
Not only is he one of the best spoon carvers in the world, he's also a thoroughly bloody nice chap! Come spend some time in the woods learning, carving and sitting by the fire with tasty home cooked food. Head to www.woodlandmakers.com for more details

Spooooooons!
One of the true masters of spoon carving, @adamhawker1 is coming to teach a weekend course at our woodland workshop on the 4th and 5th of September.
Not only is he one of the best spoon carvers in the world, he's also a thoroughly bloody nice chap! Come spend some time in the woods learning, carving and sitting by the fire with tasty home cooked food. Head to www.woodlandmakers.com for more details

31/07/2020

Our lovely students, well on their way to their first bowls after spending 3 days building their lathes

27/07/2020

Very happy to be adding @adamhawker1 to the @woodlandmakers crew this year! Adam will be teaching a two day spoon carving course in the woods on the 15th and 16th of August. A chance to learn from one of the best carvers around in our lovely woodland workshop. Details on the woodland makers website.

#spooncarving #handmade #woodland

09/01/2020

Breakfast with friends. Bowl by @garybakerboisvert and spoon by @mikey.elefant (food by me). Cheers guys!

#foodwithwood #greenwoodworking #handmade

04/01/2020

These were made by my friend's kids, definitely the coolest crew of Christmas gnomes I've seen..
Happy new year everyone xx

22/12/2019

What a lovely Christmas present! An absolute stunner from my buddy @matty.whittaker courtesy of @yoav.kafets and family. Thank you guys, a great addition to the collection x

#polelathe #handmade #greenwoodworking

02/11/2019

The ice cream scoop by @nic_westermann, one of my favourite kitchen appliances.

#bowlcarving #greenwoodworking #sloyd #woodland #handmade #spooncarving #bowlturning #bowlcarving #stoolmaking

31/10/2019

Breaking news!!
The wonderful @john_mullaney813 is going to be teaching how to make his beautiful #shrinkpots at the woodland workshop next summer.
This is one that Penny @brookhousewoods made with John earlier this year. Head over to www.woodlandmakers.com for more details

#chairmakingcourses #craft #shrinkpots #greenwoodworking #woodland #handmade #ashchair #ashchairs #sharptools

27/10/2019

Just before our turning and forging course this year, I suddenly got very (temporarily) ill and was unable to teach, luckily Michelle had just joined us in the woods to spend a month as part of our little community learning and sharing skills. He happens to be a blacksmith, and immediately jumped in to take over teaching hook tool forging to our lovely students. He spent the rest of the month being a huge help on courses while forging tools, learning how to make chairs, ash splint baskets, stools and many other green woodwork products.
Through the sharing of food, craft and time we became good friends and our family feels a little larger, and even though he has continued in his travels we know he will return in years to come.
We are lucky enough to have the same kind of experience with many of the folk who visit us and become part of us, thank you Michelle, @mikey.elefant, @wild.roe, @tess.osman and many more who have spent time with us recently for making the @woodlandmakers crew such a diverse and exciting family to be a part of. We currently have @samuelisbetts with us for a little autumn project, so will be next?....

#bowlcarving #greenwoodworking #sloyd #woodland #handmade #spooncarving #bowlturning #sharptools #woodlandcommunity

24/10/2019

Pizza night...
Cooking food, and the pleasure found in sharing it is absolutely essential to our lives here in the woods. It binds our community together and provides the prefect opportunity to share our lives with others who visit us. We seem to strike lucky time and time again with the people who come and spend time with us here and share their knowledge of food with us, every time adding more riches to the collective recipe book.
Pizza night is an old classic, and regularly features on courses or whenever old or new friends are visiting. Our new venture www.woodlandmakers.com intends to place more importance on growing, cooking and sharing food, with foraging courses and wild cooking courses in the pipeline. The woodwork courses are already up on the website, but watch this space for much more....

Check out @woodlandmakers for more goodness

#handhewn #greenwoodworking #woodland #woodlandwines #handmade #wildcooking #woodfired

27/08/2019

Hollowing out a mug with a lovely little adze made by @galileeforge. A little smaller than my other adze so perfect for making kuksa with.
The amazing Jan Harm @spooncarver, well be running a prefest course in how to make these mugs at the Bowl gathering in a couple of weeks, still a chance to bag the last place and get a ticket for the weekend gathering on the website!

23/08/2019

Soon....

19/08/2019

A sweet little ladle left here by our dear friend @mikey.elefant when he visited recently. So nice to see the progression in friends work when you haven't seen them in a while.
It was so lovely to spend some time with someone who lives halfway across the world but is still part of the family here in the woods. Until next time Mikey...

16/08/2019

A little birdy kuksa I made as a gift for my friend @john_mullaney813 a couple of months ago. Hopefully I'll have a few more of these at the bowl gathering..

#bowlcarving #greenwoodworking #sloyd #woodland #handmade #spooncarving #bowlturning

11/08/2019

Taking a little break in this weekend's turning and forging course to post some pictures of the lathe building and turning course from a few weeks ago. 6 more lathes and 6 more aspiring turners on the beginning of their journey. Hopefully we'll see some of them next year on the tool forging course, ready to take things to the next level.

#bowlturning #sharptools #woodland #handmade #spooncarving #chairmakingcourses #greenwoodworking # @ Brook House Woods

06/08/2019

Last chance to bag yourself a space on our bowl turning and hook tool forging course this weekend! Come spend an amazing weekend in the woods with me and @yoav.kafets pushing your bowl turning skills forward and learning how to make your own tools. Link below..

https://www.willstclair.co.uk/product-page/bowl-turning-and-hook-tool-forging

#greenwoodworking #spooncarving #chairmakingcourses #woodland #handmade #bowlturning #sharptools

07/07/2019

Strong hands and clean shavings. The ash from our woodland

04/07/2019

We went to the sea...

02/07/2019

This is a bed I made recently for a customer from cleft ash which I felled in our woodland. It was lovely to walk through the woods looking for the right curves in a trunk to suit the design of the bed, I managed to find one tree with the perfect curves for the main frame. The laths were from the trunk of a sapling with some nice wiggles.
Sorry for the horrible background, I made the bed in my woodland workshop but this barn was the only place in the farm where I could find a big enough flat surface to assemble it!

#handhewn #greenwoodworking #woodland #handmade #ashchair

02/07/2019

#bedmaking #greenwoodworking #ash #cleftwood

30/06/2019

A few more shots from last weekend's stool making course. A lovely bunch and some fine stools made!

#woodland #handmade #spooncarving #bowlturning #bowlcarving #stoolmaking #greenwoodworking #sharptools

24/06/2019

Four lovely frame stools made on last weekend's course. Such a lovely process to teach and lays the foundation for chair making with the students.

#handhewn #greenwoodworking#woodland #woodland #handmade #spooncarving #bowlturning #bowlcarving #stoolmaking

23/06/2019

Our good friend @thekirkasaurus has been brewing up a storm in the woodland kitchen, can't wait to taste the fruits of his labour!

#woodland #woodlandwines #hedgrow

08/06/2019

Another lovely course at Snittefest today

07/06/2019

Enjoying the lovely Danish countryside whilst teaching spoon carving and bowl turning with @yoav.kafets to the fine folk of Sloydlyst. Of to Snittefest tomorrow to teach hewn bowls, then back home to start a chair making course on Monday. The season begins!

#handhewn #greenwoodworking#woodland #woodland #handmade #spooncarving #bowlturning #bowlcarving #axingisrelaxing

willstclair.co.uk 09/03/2019

green-woodwork | BOWL GATHERING 2019

willstclair.co.uk BOWL GATHERING 2019

17/02/2019

Shrink birds and fan pots!!
Two of my favourite craftspeople are collaborating on a course at my woodland workshop.
The wonderful @jmullaney33 and @stevetomlincrafts are going to be sharing their considerable knowledge of making shrink pots and fan birds on a lovely two day course this May. Come join us to learn about these lovely, playful and accessible green woodwork projects in a beautiful woodland setting.
Can't wait to see the results!

#handhewn #greenwoodworking #woodland #handmade #fanbirds #shrinkpots

17/02/2019

Shrink birds and fan pots!!
Two of my favourite craftspeople are collaborating on a course at my woodland workshop.
The wonderful @jmullaney33 and @stevetomlincrafts are going to be sharing their considerable knowledge of making shrink pots and fan birds on a lovely two day course this May. Come join us to learn about these lovely, playful and accessible green woodwork projects in a beautiful woodland setting.
Can't wait to see the results!

#handhewn #greenwoodworking #woodland #handmade #fanbirds #shrinkpots

10/02/2019

The workshop in the autumn just before the leaves fell. I love working up here on crisp winter days like today, but I can't help getting excited about the return of the green....

30/01/2019

Finally getting round to posting some pics of last year's #bowlgathering2018
It was such a special event and we were honoured by some amazing teachers and craftspeople from around the world. It really felt like a family after the first day and the atmosphere was amazing. Thank you so much to all who came and shared their skills and knowledge, this feels like the finest way to keep these traditions alive and carry them forward.
Were already organising #bowlgathering2019 so watch this space for more announcements! Tickets go on sale 1st of March!

Wild Roe also sent some photos from last year's gathering so I'll post some once I've downloaded them.

#handhewn #greenwoodworking #woodland #handmade #bowlturning #sharptools @ Brook House Woods

14/01/2019

A little winter sun for the soul......

12/01/2019

A recent commission. Two ladder back chairs in ash from our woodland, seated with Danish cord.
I broke my hand half way through making these and and the customer very patiently waited a couple of extra months until I was able to work again. Felt good to finally have them finished!

#handhewn #steambent #greenwoodworking #woodland #handmade #ashchair #ashchairs #sharptools

09/01/2019

A sweet little high chair that @yoav.kafets and me started last year. Finally got a paint job and a woven seat by Kris, looking lovely!
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#greenwoodworking #spooncarving #chairmakingcourses #woodland #handmade #bowlturning #sharptools

31/12/2018

Some of the wares on sale at the #bowlgathering earlier this year. Definitely the highlight of 2018 for me. Happy New year folks, how 2019 is full of joy!

17/06/2018

民映研

民族文化映像研究所の代表作の1つと言える「奥会津の木地師」

この作品は作品No4「うつわ 食器の文化」の撮影から生まれた作品です。完全なる自主制作作品。また姫田忠義が初めてひとりでナレーションを行った記念すべき作品です。

【民族文化映像研究所フィルム作品紹介】No.5

奥会津の木地師

1976年/55分/自主制作
福島県南会津郡田島町針生

文部省特選/日本映画ペンクラブ推薦/1976年キネマ旬報文化映画ベストテン3位

(作品解説)

 日本列島には、近年まで移動性の生活をする人々が活躍していた。山から山へ移動して椀などの木地物を作る木地師も、そのなかにあった

 これは、昭和初期まで福島県南部の山間地で盛んに移動性の活動をしていた木地師の家族、小椋藤八さん、星平四郎さん、星千代世さん、湯田文子さんによる、当時の生活と技術の再現記録である。作品4「うつわ―食器の文化」の制作過程での藤八さんたちとの出会いから生まれた。

 この地域はブナを中心にした落葉広葉樹林帯である。藤八さんたちは、ブナを材料とした椀を作っていた。

 まず木地屋敷を作る。屋根も壁も笹で葺く、掘立て造りである。家の中には、囲炉裏のある座敷とフイゴやロクロ台などを置く広い土間がある。屋敷ができあがると山の神を祀り、フイゴまつりをする。山の神まつりで藤八さんが唱えた唱え言は、古代のタマフリではないかとみる人もある。谷から水も引いてきた。

 椀作りが始まる。男たちは、山へ入りブナを倒し、伐り株に笹を立てて神に祈る。そして、その場で椀の荒型を作る。

 倒したブナに切り込みを入れて山型を作り、マガリヨキでそれをはつり起こしていく。女たちが荒型を木地屋敷に運び、椀の外側を削って整形するカタブチ作業、中を刳るナカグリ作業と続ける。男たちが、手引きロクロで椀に仕上げていく。

 できあがった椀は馬の背で町へ運ばれていく。

 人の力で回される手引きロクロは、奈良時代に大陸から導入されたものだという。藤八さんたちは移動性生活をやめ、手引きロクロの作業もしなくなってすでに50年余りたっていた。しかし藤八さんたちの身体には、千年を越す技術の伝統が見事に息づいていたのであった。

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Our lovely students, well on their way to their first bowls after spending 3 days building their lathes
Another lovely course at Snittefest today
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Drilling the leg mortises for a bowl turning lathe that I am making for a customer. This 2" bar auger was made in 1916 a...
Time to put the yurt up! Www.willstclair.co.uk #greenwoodwork #spooncarving #handtoolsonly #sharp #handmade #woodland #y...
Time to put the yurt up! And what a beautiful day for it too! Www.willstclair.co.uk #greenwoodwork #spooncarving #handto...
The twins having their first ride
Happy sounds of axe on wood. Looking forward to the next group of students visiting the woods next summer! Simple tools ...
And another one#greenwoodworking #woodensheath #handmade #handforged #sharp #spooncarving
Little spoon knife hat! #greenwoodworking #greenwood #handforged #handmade #spooncarving
Striking for @nic_westermann at tree fest yesterday, felt good to be forging an axe with the master again. Looking forwa...
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