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Dorset Coppice Group runs a series of courses each year on topics related to coppicing and coppice crafts.  These are open to both members & non-members alike, although members receive a 20% discount. The courses are run by experienced members who are skilled in the topic that they are teaching.  Details of upcoming courses can be found below.  Unless otherwise stated, all tools & materials will be provided along with refreshments.  Please bring your own packed lunch.

If you would like to book a place on one of these courses, please complete a COURSE BOOKING FORM and return it to Helen Humphries at dorsetcoppicebookings@gmail.com or by post to: Helen Humphries, Witch Haven, 11a Arabia Walk, Crossways, Dorchester. DT2 8WT.  Payment can be made via BACS or cheque.


Saturday 9th March 2019

Members £20, Non-members £25

Learn to lay a hedge in the traditional Dorset style.  An opportunity to learn your pleachers from your bill hook!


Saturday 6th April 2019

Dorset Coppice Group’s annual Woodfair

Willow Basket Making

Saturday 13th April 2019

Members £40, Non-members £50

A great day learning the basics of willow basket making.

Build a Pole Lathe

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May 2019

Members £160, Non-members £200

All materials supplied.

Walking Stick Making

Saturday 8th June 2019

Members £40, Non-members £50

Make a one piece and two-piece walking stick. All tools and materials supplied.

Spoon Carving

Saturday 13th July 2019

Members £40, Non-members £50

Learn the skills needed to carve your own spatulas and spoons.

Charfest 2019

Friday 9th – 12th August 2018

More details to follow…

A celebration of sustainably produced British charcoal, demonstrating charcoal making techniques old and new.  The centrepiece will be a traditional ‘earthburn’.

Shrink Pots

Saturday 14th September 2019

Members £40, Non-members £50

Learn how to use the green wood to your advantage by making these rustic storage pots.

Make a Shave Horse

Saturday 12th October 2019

Members £80, Non-members £100

Build a shave horse based on Mike Abbott’s ‘Champion the Lumberhorse’ design. All materials supplied.

Insight into Hedgelaying

Saturday 9th November 2019

Members £26, Non-members £30

Learn the principles and basics of hedgelaying in the traditional Dorset style. Tools provided.

Introduction to Coppicing

Saturday 14th December 2019

Members £20, Non-members £25

Learn the theory and principles of coppicing. We’ll cover both in-cycle hazel coppicing as well as coppice restoration.