Pre fest courses will run on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th. Courses will range from 1 to 2 days and will start from 10am each day, participants traveling long distances will be welcome to arrive the night before their course starts.

A simple vegetarian lunch will be provided during pre fest, along with plenty of tea and coffee.

Tools, lathes and other equipment will be provided during the pre fest courses, but please bring any of your own tools with you that you would like to use, and it would be useful to bring a lathe if you have access to one. 

Danny Wangsoe and Thomas Soe Lytken Petersen 

Danny and Thomas work together on a daily basis and for the past 6 years have worked with sloyd in many different ways. Everything from bowl turning, spoon carving, stools, birch bark weaving and much more.They have been fascinated by the many facets of the craft ranging from harvesting roots to understanding the properties and differences of  natural materials. They have worked extensively on the interaction between fresh and dry wood and in particular steam bending. For this course, they will be sharing their knowledge of making steam bent boxes, stitched together with Pine roots. 

Bent wood boxes have existed and been used in Scandinavia all the way back to the Viking age, to store food, textiles and valuable items. Since then it has inspired other cultures far around the world like the beautiful shaker boxes in the US.

This is a two day course.

Steam bent box making - 2 Days - SOLD OUT


Amy Leake

Amy started green woodworking 10 years ago and is particularly inspired by Swedish and Baltic woodenware and historical ceramics. 

"What continues to pull me in is the love of using and enjoying handmade items in my everyday life, the simple pleasures of using a hand thrown mug, a turned wooden bowl and a handmade wooden spoon for my breakfast every morning makes my heart sing.  These objects transmit the energy and care the maker put into them, and I feel a connection to the people who made them."

Amy's work speaks for itself and we are delighted to have her teaching with us this year!

Turning handled bowls - Thursday 10th - SOLD OUT



Ade developed his passion for handcraft from a very young age and thrives when being able to ignite a new passion for creativity in others. After a design-based university education, Ade then spent nearly the next twenty years teaching children and adults in both formal and informal education settings, indoors and out. However, he then took the decision to pursue his craft on a full-time basis and now tries to earn a living from all things Slöjd from his farmhouse workshop in North Cumbria! He also travels to teach workshops wherever the demand arises.  Ade has been carving on and off for the best part of probably thirty years and has added turning, furniture making, basket weaving and anything else green wood along the way. He also does some blacksmithing and tool making and makes all of his own bowl turning tools.

Ade will be doing a one day beginners course, and a one day course focussing on handled bowls.

Turning your first bowl - Wednesday 9th - £100

Turning Snibbskal bowls with handles  - Thursday 10th - £100


Karel is one of the most innovative and creative designers we know, seeing form where others would miss it. His work is closely inspired by the material, and his inventive use of tools and carving techniques has given it a distinctive style. This is a rare chance to learn kuksa making with Karel, using a few simple tools and no doubt, pushing the limits of your axe work!

Kuksa making - Wednesday 9th - SOLD OUT

Kuksa making - Thursday 10th - SOLD OUT



Sharif Adams is a professional maker of woodchips and fine curly shavings. He is particularly fond of pole lathe turned wooden bowls, plates, cups and boxes. When he is not making things he is busy teaching people how to make things. His workshop on Dartmoor is visited by people from all around the world who come to watch him work or to attend one of his courses. He is part of ‘The Dartmoor Artisan Trail’, a self-guided crafts trail which links Dartmoor's diverse artisan community and offers the public a chance to glimpse behind the workshop walls and try their hand at traditional crafts.

Sharif will be doing a one day beginners course, and a one day course focussing on locking lid boxes.

Turned locking lid boxes - Wednesday 9th - SOLD OUT

Beginners - Thursday 10th - SOLD OUT


Jo-Anne Bolton

Jo has been weaving willow baskets for many years, and recently received funding to go and study with artizan basket makers in Romania.

This workshop will teach you all of the techniques you will need to make a classic willow basket. 

The 2 days will concentrate on the stake and strand method of basketry. You will leave with a traditional, elegant, sturdy, round basket with a bow handle crafted from willow grown by the tutor. The basket will be strong enough for carrying tools and will last you a lifetime.

The workshop will extend over 2 days from 10am to 4pm 

Willow basket weaving 2 days - SOLD OUT



Since taking a bowl turning and tool forging course with Sharif Adams some years ago, Yoav has been been constantly working, learning and exploring the deep, satisfying path of green woodworking. Always looking to gain a better understanding of the material he's working with, he has spent a long time travelling and working with some of the best green woodworkers in the world, soaking up a huge amount of knowledge on the way.

Yoav will be running two days of courses on end grain cups and friction fit boxes, suitable for beginners and more advanced turners. Feel free to book both days if you want to maximise your learning!

Turned End Grain Cups and Friction Fit Boxes  - Wednesday 9th - SOLD OUT

Turned End Grain Cups and Friction Fit Boxes  - Thursday 10th - SOLD OUT



Matt has been working wood and metal for 20 years. The point where these two passions combine perfectly for him is in bowl turning. To be able to turn bowls of varying types, it is often desirable to be able to forge a new shaped hook to get into the nooks and crannies of your latest shape. On this half day course you will learn the techniques used in forging the hooks, go onto hardening, tempering and the sharpening of your finished tool. Matt's aim is to give you the knowledge to enable you to forge all of your own hooks in the future . 

You will be using a hand powered forge running on charcoal and using recycled car springs as your material.

Matty will be running 2 full day courses, one aimed at beginners, and one aimed at more experienced makers.

Beginners Hook Tool Forging - Wednesday 9th including all tools, fuel and materials - SOLD OUT

Advanced Hook Tool Forging - Thursday 10th including all tools, fuel and materials - SOLD OUT