Courses

Little Acorn Furniture offers courses in Green Woodworking and rustic furniture making ranging from one to five days in duration. No experience is needed and families are welcome so come along and learn some new skills whilst having a great time.

Try something new suitable for all the family. You can experience traditional woodworking using methods and tools unchanged since the medieval period. Make your own furniture from local wood and experience life as a woodland craftsman with little acorn furniture near Clifford Bridge on the edge of Fingle wood.

  • Family “greenwood” experience
    Alasdair will take you through the basic principles of Green Woodworking and provide the knowledge, tools and materials needed to get you using a pole lathe. Turn as many items as you like using a variety of local hard woods and unlock the full potential of this ancient craft.
  • Introduction to pole lathing
    During this one or two day course, you will get to practice the principles of green woodworking: cleaving and shaping the wood using side axe and draw knife before turning on a pole lathe to produce a range of items - as long as it is round!
  • Simply stools
    This two-day course offers you the chance to produce a simple three or four legged stool with hard wood top and turned or draw knifed legs.
  • From tree to table
    This three day course gives you time to produce a table or bench with stretchered legs using more advanced techniques. The addition of stretchers between the legs allows you to make larger items with more refinement.
  • Table making course
    This four-day course gives you time to explore the intricacies of green wood furniture design to produce a dramatic and unique piece of furniture of your own design.
  • Chair making course
    Over this full five day course you will make and assemble a complete chair from local Ash and Beech. Choosing from one of two traditional designs you will be responsible for shaping all components and joining therm using traditional wedged mortice and tenon joints
  • Make your own shaving horse
    In order to make a traditional shaving horse you will need a pole lathe, in order to use a pole lathe a shaving horse is essential. Get around this catch 22 situation by making your very own shaving horse over two days in Alasdair's fully equipped Greenwood workshop.
  • One-to-one tuition
    Work and learn at your own pace - receive uninterrupted expert tuition in the art of green wood furniture making and have exclusive access to the range of hardwoods available in the workshop.

Course dates

Things are not as we anticipated this year!

The current situation with regard to restrictions put in place due to COVID 19 is likely to impact on all scheduled courses this year.  For the immediate future, all courses are postponed. This will be the case until the restrictions are sufficiently eased for us to resume. All current bookings will be rescheduled (if needed) and new course dates will be published in due course. Although existing bookings will take priority we are still happy to take new bookings and will be running more frequent courses once the situation changes. As ever all of the course bookings both new and existing are fully transferable so rest assured that you will receive your ‘Greenwood course’ as soon as it is feasible and convenient for you.

New dates and availability are given below but watch this space for updates as the situation progresses.

 

MANY THANKS TO ALL OUR CUSTOMERS OLD AND NEW

Alasdair

Courses are organized throughout the year and can be arranged to suit you if booking for a group of three or more.

Below is a list of confirmed courses coming up in the next few months.

For a full list of available course dates, or to discuss/arrange alternative dates, please get in touch.

 

Family “Greenwood” day and “One to one” tuition.

These days can be arranged exclusively to suit you and your family. Please contact us to arrange your course date!

2020

One Day Course Dates, Introduction to pole lathing

December 12th FULLY BOOKED

Two Day Course Dates, Simply Stools, Make your own Shaving Horse or Choose two dates for the Advanced Tree to table course

December 12th and 13th FULLY BOOKED

Three Day Course Dates, Tree to Table or combine any of the one and two-day courses

December 12th and 13th FULLY BOOKED

2021

One Day Course Dates, Introduction to pole lathing

February 13th

March 27th FOUR SPACES REMAINING

April 12th

May 15th

June 5th

August 7th

Two Day Course Dates, Simply Stools, Make your own Shaving Horse or Choose two dates for the Advanced Tree to table course

Feb 13th-14th

March 12th-13th FULLY BOOKED

May 15th-16th

August 7th-8th

Three Day Course Dates, Tree to Table.

March 12th-13th-14th FULLY BOOKED

May 15th-16th-17th

August 7th-8th-9th

Four Day Course Dates.

Select Two two day slots or book exclusively on a date that suits you, contact us directly to arrange your course.

Chair Making Course.

April 12th-16th

 

Things are not as we anticipated this year!

The current situation with regard to restrictions put in place due to COVID 19 is likely to impact on all scheduled courses this year.  For the immediate future, all courses are postponed. This will be the case until the restrictions are sufficiently eased for us to resume. All current bookings will be rescheduled (if needed) and new course dates will be published in due course. Although existing bookings will take priority we are still happy to take new bookings and will be running more frequent courses once the situation changes. As ever all of the course bookings both new and existing are fully transferable so rest assured that you will receive your ‘Greenwood course’ as soon as it is feasible and convenient for you.

New dates and availability are given below but watch this space for updates as the situation progresses.

 

MANY THANKS TO ALL OUR CUSTOMERS OLD AND NEW

Alasdair

Courses are organized throughout the year and can be arranged to suit you if booking for a group of three or more.

Below is a list of confirmed courses coming up in the next few months.

For a full list of available course dates, or to discuss/arrange alternative dates, please get in touch.

 

Family “Greenwood” day and “One to one” tuition.

These days can be arranged exclusively to suit you and your family. Please contact us to arrange your course date!

2020

One Day Course Dates, Introduction to pole lathing

November 14th ONE SPACE AVAILABLE

Two Day Course Dates, Simply Stools, Make your own Shaving Horse or Choose two dates for the Advanced Tree to table course

November 14th-15th FULLY BOOKED

Three Day Course Dates, Tree to Table or combine any of the one and two-day courses

November 14fh-16th FULLY BOOKED

2021

One Day Course Dates, Introduction to pole lathing

Februrary 13th

March 27th

April 12th

May 15th

June 5th

August 7th

Two Day Course Dates, Simply Stools, Make your own Shaving Horse or Choose two dates for the Advanced Tree to table course

Feb 13th-14th

March 12th-13th

May 15th-16th

August 7th-8th

Three Day Course Dates, Tree to Table.

March 12th-13th-14th

May 15th-16th-17th

August 7th-8th-9th

Four Day Course Dates.

Select Two two day slots or book exclusively on a date that suits you, contact us directly to arrange your course.

Chair Making Course.

April 12th-16th 

Things are not as we anticipated this year!

The current situation with regard to restrictions put in place due to COVID 19 is likely to impact on all scheduled courses this year.  For the immediate future, all courses are postponed. This will be the case until the restrictions are sufficiently eased for us to resume. All current bookings will be rescheduled (if needed) and new course dates will be published in due course. Although existing bookings will take priority we are still happy to take new bookings and will be running more frequent courses once the situation changes. As ever all of the course bookings both new and existing are fully transferable so rest assured that you will receive your ‘Greenwood course’ as soon as it is feasible and convenient for you.

New dates and availability are given below but watch this space for updates as the situation progresses.

 

MANY THANKS TO ALL OUR CUSTOMERS OLD AND NEW

Alasdair

Courses are organized throughout the year and can be arranged to suit you if booking for a group of three or more.

Below is a list of confirmed courses coming up in the next few months.

For a full list of available course dates, or to discuss/arrange alternative dates, please get in touch.

 

Family “Greenwood” day and “One to one” tuition.

These days can be arranged exclusively to suit you and your family. Please contact us to arrange your course date!

2020

One Day Course Dates, Introduction to pole lathing

November 14th ONE SPACE AVAILABLE

Two Day Course Dates, Simply Stools, Make your own Shaving Horse or Choose two dates for the Advanced Tree to table course

November 14th-15th FULLY BOOKED

Three Day Course Dates, Tree to Table or combine any of the one and two-day courses

November 14fh-16th FULLY BOOKED

2021

One Day Course Dates, Introduction to pole lathing

Februrary 13th

March 27th

April 12th

May 15th

June 5th

August 7th

Two Day Course Dates, Simply Stools, Make your own Shaving Horse or Choose two dates for the Advanced Tree to table course

Feb 13th-14th

March 12th-13th

May 15th-16th

August 7th-8th

Three Day Course Dates, Tree to Table or combine any of the one and two-day courses

March 12th-14th

Feb 13-14

March 12-13

May 15-16

August 7-8

About the workshop

Little Acorn Furnitures Green Wood work shop has been developed in the Old Sheep Barn at Clifford Barton, which is located on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park. The Farm now hosts family holiday cottages and courses, as well as providing a home for rescued dwarf ponies.

Surrounded by beautiful Devon coutryside and the breathtaking Fingle Wood, the workshop provides a covered area where the courses can take place.  However, there is also a large outside area overlooking the Valley where we hope to enjoy the fantastic Devon sunshine!

What our customers say…

    5 star review  Just completed the 2 day 'Simply Stools' course. Literally amazing!! The level of tuition was fantastic and delivered in a friendly, warm and relaxed environment. Alasdair's love for his craft and all things forestry is so apparent in the way he teaches it's infectious. Alasdair very reluctantly had to disappear for a couple hours on our first day due to a Woodland Trust event and left us whittling and side axing away under the close supervision of Sy, his quiet but incredibly talented 'assistant'. Absolute legend and a mean pole lather!! Definately got a repeat customer here! Left proper chuffed with a new stool and a new friend. Keep it up Little Acorn 👌🏻

    thumb Stuart Maher

    5 star review  Our experience at Little Acorn Furniture exceeded every expectation we had. I found Alasdair online while looking for a furniture course to book for our honeymoon and despite living in London LAF stood out as the best and only option. After many long discussions with Alasdair we agreed on a three day course to make a three meter long bespoke dining table from one piece of chestnut. Alasdair was so enthusiastic and even though he knew the sheer amount of work involved he didn’t try to change our minds once. Exceptionally kindly Alasdair offered to give the course to us alone for our honeymoon and this made it even more special. LAF is nestled into an exceptionally beautiful part of the world, right in a valley in the Dartmoor National Park, utterly tranquil and charming. It was so lovely to spend time in the forest and really get a feel for how sustainable and authentic the experience of taking a tree and working it into a table can be. Alasdair and Simon were the perfect pair, they explained everything clearly and demonstrated techniques in an accessible way. What was really impressive was Alasdair’s approach, he really wanted US to make the table and wanted our hands to have made every single component, this made the experience for us. We had wanted to include some ambitious elements and although it was challenging Alasdair was entirely supportive and ensured we got the finish and details we had envisaged. After three days we had a dining room table big enough to seat ten people comfortably made from two pieces of wood, one chestnut slab and one log of cherry. We wanted to create something bespoke and sustainable so the fact we had minimal to no waste was really special. Alasdair and Simon have helped us to create something we can keep and use forever, we are so thankful. There is no way we could have had a more rewarding or enjoyable honeymoon. Please support this wonderful business, you will not be disappointed.

    thumb Kirsty Pritchard

    5 star review  Took 5 children along to learn carpentry. They all had an amazing time, each made a sword and a baseball bat (their choice). They did everyhthing from sawing the wood to shaping it. Alisdair was so good with them and made sure they each left with finished items. My son who has ADHD was engaged from the start and cannot wait to go again. The parents also had a go and really enjoyed the day too.

    thumb Elaine Russell

    5 star review  My family and I recently spent an incredibly happy and gratifying time making a green wood table with Alasdair and his assistant, Simon. I cannot overstate what a special, stimulating and satisfying time it was - working together as a family; learning about the wood, the tools and the processes; and making a table which we will have forever and which will always remind us of that bonding time together. It was genuinely one of the most harmonious and fulfilling things we have ever done as a family and I would highly recommend it to anyone, however inexperienced. I have also never met two more gentle and patient teachers and craftsmen, with two more overdeveloped sets of forearms!

    thumb Alice Morgan

    5 star review  Introduction to Pole Lathing one-day course. Alasdair is a great instructor - knowledgeable, enthusiastic and welcoming. Very enjoyable day in the most stunning setting. Careful thought and preparation went into making the course COVID-19 secure. Highly recommended.

    thumb Francis Byng