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Courses and events

We run a regular and varied programme of courses though out the year.

All courses dates are on our Google calendar, see below. New courses are frequently added as demand dictates - so keep checking. Changes to course dates, new dates and special offers are also promoted on our Facebook page.

If you don't see the course activity or dates you are looking for please ask

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A list of regular courses and activities you will find on this calendar includes:
  • Green woodworking - taster sessions, introduction, intermediate and advance courses
  • Make pole lathes and shave horses
  • Make BBQ charcoal and charcoal pencils
  • Coppice crafts - cut and use hazel to make besoms, gypsy flowers, hurdles and more
  • Wood carving
  • Spoon carving
  • Bowl carving
  • Learn how to correctly use, maintain and sharpen a variety of woodworking hand tools
  • Basic chainsaw use and maintenance for the home user
  • Woodland management planning
  • Using wood fuel to heat your homeHome users chainsaw
  • Bushcraft - fire making, cooking, shelter building and whittling
  • Basketry and willow weaving
  • Family activity days in the woods
  • Make traditional longbows
  • Teenage activity days in the Easter (12-14th April 2016) and Summer holidays (2nd to 12th August 2016)(
  • Knife making and sgian-dubh making
  • Introduction to using a forge
  • Furniture making
  • Tourist drop in sessions every Wednesday in summer and October school holidays
  • Tree climbing techniques and rope-work for the beginner

If you do not see a date on the calendar for the course you are interested in please email me. Many of our courses are repeated regularly through out the year, but some less popular ones will only run once a year or when there is enough demand, so please contact us to get your name on the waiting list.

Abilities and age limits

sawWe are able to accommodate all abilities and ages for most of our courses. During the week the wood yard is also a working timber yard and therefore all children (under 16yrs old) need to be supervised at all times. Several of our courses involve the use of very sharp tools or require a certain level of strength and dexterity that many very young children (under 7) will not manage - so please ask if you think this may be an issue.  There are no steps or steep slopes on site and so access is possible for wheel chairs and push chairs. 

                                      Arts & Grafts /  07580778700

Community treeCycleThe Scottish Woodland Skills centre is part of Community treeCycle Community Interest Company, Registered SC396287. Community treeCycle is a social enterprise that works with young unemployed and special needs individuals to offer a professional tree and woodland management service, the supply of woodfuel and charcoal to the general public. We also offer volunteering opportunities for locals, community groups and businesses.