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Cleft Chestnut Workshop

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The Living Classroom, Bonsley Wood

Durweston

DT11 0QE

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Come and spend two days in the Dorset Coppice Group's Bonsley Wood learning about the craft of clefting (the traditional method of splitting wood along the grain). Start the day with a pole of chestnut and after an introduction to the tools, a talk about the history of chestnut coppicing and a bit of a skills assesment, get to work to make garden hurdles, a gate or a bench.

Dominic Ellis, who will be leading the weekend, has been working with cleft chestnut for over eight years and greenwoodworking for twelve or more. Gates were needed in a cleft chestnut deer fence he was building and to keep them in keeping with the look and feel of the fence he and his team built them out of the cleft chestnut. A few years later Dominic was loath to throw away off-cuts from another fence he had built and so used them to make a bench. After making many more gates, benches, pergolas and fences he is now ready to pass this craft on.

Ticket price includes refreshements and a light(ish) lunch, use of all tools and the materials you will need.

There will be a maximum of six participants on the workshop.

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The Living Classroom, Bonsley Wood

Durweston

DT11 0QE

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