The Worshipful Company of Turners

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London Green Wood, we can all find resilience in outdoor life

London Green Wood is a small, agile business and we work outdoors. These two factors meant that we have been able to adapt to living with this coronavirus and have no fears about the long term risk of the pandemic to our cooperative. Since the lockdown, interest in our cooperative as soared. We are running more courses than ever and have noticed an increase in people wanting to join the coop and be involved with all aspects of the workshop. Despite the isolation of recent months, we all know that we are stronger together and this is a key time to cooperate.

We have always enjoyed working outdoors but now our outdoor space is more valuable than ever. The workshop provides an opportunity to help other groups and individuals to get outside and be with others in a safe social space. We would like to share our space with others and through basic woodwork and bushcraft activities, help other community groups adapt their offering to outdoor living. We are willing to joint-fundraise to do this. We believe that being outdoors, in a natural environment and working with others (physically but not socially distanced) can give us all the resilience we need to survive this crisis.
Read more about our response to Covid-19.

Family Whittling Workshops for half term

Children and their adults are invited to come and celebrate half term by playing with knives together on Tuesday 27th October. Come carve some marshmallow sticks, wooden knives and other weaponry from Abney Park wood. For families that want to start whittling at home, this is great introduction for both adults and children to learn how to work safely with knives. Cost: £35, one ticket admits one adult and one child together. Discounts for low income families are available, please contact us.

New Spoon Carving dates, low income spaces available

Everyone wants to carve a spoon these days, so we’ve added some new dates. We’re now taking bookings on small courses up to the beginning of December. Low income spaces are available on mid week courses (full cost only on weekends).


  • Friday 23rd October
  • Friday 27th November
  • Saturday 5th December
  • Sunday 6th December

Cost: £65 / £40 low income. More info and to book a Spoon Carving course

Other one day courses this autumn

  • Turn a Bowl, Friday 6th November, 9am – 4pm.
    Cost: £100.
  • Make a Spatula, Friday 20th November and Saturday 4th December, both 10am – 1pm.
    Cost: £40/ £30 low income.
  • Kuksa Carving: Make a Wooden Cup, Friday 13th November, 9am – 4pm.
    Cost: £80 full price/ £60 low income.
  • Bowl Carving, Friday 30th October, Friday 20th November and Saturday 21st November, 9am – 4pm.

Cost: £80 full price/ £60 low income (available on Friday courses only)

Introduction to Green Woodworking

Our Introduction to Green Woodworking course is an induction for those who want to become members of the coop. This course is designed for both complete beginners and those who have carpentry experience but are new to green woodwork. Through making a series of practice projects, such as spoons and spatulas, you will learn: the principles of green woodwork, safe and confident axe techniques, knife grips from the Swedish tradition of spoon carving, tool sharpening and tool maintenance.

This is a 4 day course. Included in the price of the course is a sloyd knife to use and to keep.

  • Next weekend course, Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th October inclusive – 2 spaces left.
  • November course starts Friday 5th November and runs every Friday for 4 weeks – 3 spaces left.

Cost: £240 full price, £180 low income, £120 unwaged (contact us for a booking code for these discounts). Free places available for Refugees and Asylum Seekers with no recourse to public funds.
More info and to book this course.

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