Axe and Wood with Joe O'Leary

£525 3 day course

A new course for 2019, this three day workshop is a collaboration between blacksmith Alex Pole and The Wilderness Survival Guide author Joe O’Leary.

Axes are one of mankind’s oldest tools. With this versatile tool we have been able to build, feed, defend and warm ourselves for thousands of years. It is useful, not only for forest workers but also skilled craftspeople and householders alike. A beautifully crafted axe will last through the generations.

Upcoming Dates

10 Apr
18 Apr

9am - 6pm Each day

Alex travelled to Sweden in 2014 to learn axe making at Gransfors Bruks, the world renowned axe making factory.  Here he discovered a love of these tools and has spent the following years honing his skills and perfecting his style.

You will spend the first two days of the workshop with Alex learning how to forge a single piece hatchet style axe head.  After hardening, tempering and grinding you will fit an ash handle and your axe will be ready to use.

Day three will be spent with Joe learning how to use the axe safely and efficiently, cutting, splitting and carving green and seasoned wood to make various bush crafts (ash mallet, tent pegs, spatula) as well as transforming a seasoned log into all the individual components needed to create fire using just one match.

This course will be run from Alex’s forge and workshop near Crewkerne in Somerset and is fully catered by a local cook, providing exceptionally tasty meals from locally sourced produce.

Camping is free in the orchard adjacent to the forge

This course is now fully booked, please get in touch to add your name to our waiting list for cancellation places.

further information

  • Courses are run at The Forge, South Harp Farm Yard, Over Stratton, Somerset TA13 5LB
  • Please arrive at 8.45am. Plenty of parking available.
  • Lunch is provided (as well as tea, coffee) - so you just need to arrive and we provide the rest.
  • There is also free camping in the orchard adjacent to the forge and space for campers or caravans.
  • Please wear good work clothes and sturdy shoes or boots. Steel toecaps not essential.
  • All equipment and safety gear will be provided. If you have a favourite hammer bring it along.
  • No previous experience is needed for this course.
  • Please advise if you have any specific dietary requirements or medical conditions.

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