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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 David Ewers at naturalwoodcraft@btinternet.com, or by post to: Dorset Coppice Group, Occomore Cottage, Hilltop Farm, Goodwins Lane, East Morden, Dorset BH20 7EP.  Payment can be made via BACS or cheque.

Make an Ash Bow

Saturday 7th July 2018

Members £40, Non-members £50

Spend the day turning an Ash log into a bow.

Walking Stick Making

Saturday 11th August 2018

Members £40, Non-members £50

Make a one piece and a two piece walking stick.

Build a Pole Lathe

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th September 2018

Members £120, Non-members £150

Build your own variable height pole lathe (all materials supplied).

Introduction to Coppicing *NEW DATE*

Saturday 20th October 2018 – FREE

Spend the day in the woods with Dorset Coppice Group, learning the basics of coppicing and how to do it safely & efficiently .  Lunch provided in exchange for a donation.

Build a Shave Horse

Saturday 10th November 2018

Members £64, Non-members £80

Build Mike Abbott’s awesome shave horse (Champion the Lumber Horse!).

Reindeer Making and Christmas Decorations

Saturday 8th December 2018

Members £20, Non-members £25

A seasonal bit of fun suitable for all ages.

Spoon Carving

Saturday 12th January 2019

Members £32, Non-members £40

Follow the process and make your own nutrient provider or two.

Mini Hazel Hurdles

Saturday 9th February 2019

Members £32, Non-members £40

Great products for garden borders, which are also a good use of smaller diameter hazel rods.


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!

Willow Basket Making

Saturday 13th April 2019

Members £40, Non-members £50

A great day learning the basics of willow basket making.