Posted on November 10th, 2017 by Gaston Monge-Grassi
There is something magical about being able to use simple hand tools to work green wood, straight from the tree, into useful objects for our daily lives.
Green wood is wood that has been freshly harvested from the tree, just felled, recently cut, or newly pruned. Green wood is full of water and sap, which means it will be soft and pleasurable to carve with a knife.
Below is a series of four videos made by Craftsman Ben Orford showing us the world of Green woodwork. Using traditional methods, Ben shows you how to split, axe, and prepare a piece of wood, as well as how to use a shaving horse and a lathe to create a finished wooden product.
Many thanks for that Ben. Now, if you are looking for some books, I will recommend the following titles:
In terms of hand tools, we currently offer a good selection for the purpose like draw knives, inshaves, scorps, adze, card scrapers and so on. In February 2018 will be able to offer a NZ made froe and later on will try to develop a carving axe. If you have any questions, please contact us.
The Centre for Fine Woodworking in Nelson will run a chair making course in February with Master Artisan Richard Hare as the tutor, using green wood and traditional woodworking hand tools and techniques. If you wish to find out more, I will suggest you to contact the Centre for further information.