The Green Wood Guild, woodworking teacher

The Green Wood Guild

The Green Wood Guild

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local_activity classes: Woodworking

5.0 (89)
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London's centre for the traditional craft of Green Woodwork.

Our classes give you hands-on experience and in-depth tuition in the fundamental skills and techniques of green woodworking. These are suitable for total beginners and each workshop revolves around a beautiful product to make yourself and take home!




Juliette Gauvain Jan 2024

Tim was a great teacher, funny, caring, patient, and knowledgeable. The class was great and it makes me want to come back for more!

Naomi Jan 2024

I was given a Greenwood Guild bowl carving workshop as a birthday present, and it was one of the best gifts ever! Had such a fun and satisfying day learning how to use tools to make my bowl. It was a really relaxed, friendly environment thanks to our teacher Tim, who is fantastically knowledgeable and an all round lovely person.
All the materials were provided and I came home the proud owner of my own hand made bowl.

Stepney City Farm is a perfect location (and the cafe is very nice too).

Would recommend to anyone looking for a chance to exercise their creative spirit.

Russell Nov 2023

Had a great time. Tim was really friendly and helpful, explaining things clearly but encouraging us to do the work. Fantastic day, highly recommended.

Joel Nov 2023

Loved this class. Great location right in the middle of the farm, Tim was very friendly and helpful, and everyone walked away with something they could be proud of. Would highlly recommend!

Anne Baruch Nov 2023

Great day with Tim carving a greenwood bowl. Small class in the lovely setting of Stepney City Farm

Nick Nov 2023

I couldn’t recommend a day at The Greenwood Guild more. Incredibly well organised class with a small group, including plenty of 1-1 guidance throughout the day. Everyone left with lots of new skills, and a hand carved bowl. Would also be a great gift for anyone. I’m looking forward to another workshop!

Wendie Ottewill Nov 2023

Amazing course. Superb course leader Tim.
Course hands on from the kick off. Interesting and active course. Brilliant how you actually get straight into the making and worked with metal as well as wood. Nice class size and great outdoor (ish) setting.

Tom Nov 2023

I haven't had so much fun in ages! I will treasure the knife, it was fantastic to make it.

Maryanne McGinn Nov 2023

Thanks to Tim and Alex for running this well paced and enjoyable class; there was plenty of technical help on hand, I learned lots of new things here, and everyone went home with a handled knife which they had made themselves.

I appreciated the emphasis on safety at all times, the good lighting, and the readily available refreshments.

I have to mention also the great venue at Stepney City Farm: nice cafe and lots of sheep and goats frolicking in the fields.

Knife Forging Workshop review by Maryanne McGinn - London

Luke Southward Nov 2023

Great day and would recommend to anyone. Tim was a fantastic teacher and very happy with the end result!

Dan Turner Nov 2023

The course was well run and professional.
Each stage was explained and support from the team was available at all times.
Individual advice and tuition was given to students at each stage of the process.
The class was suitable for all levels.

Richard Goody Nov 2023

Great fun with a nice crowd of novices (like me!). Really helpful, knowledgeable experts ( thanks Tim and Alex) who definitely made the whole knife forging process a success for everyone. Nice City Farm setting with Cafe and farmers market on site. Brilliant day :)

Sharon Cientanni Oct 2023

Really enjoyed my afternoon at Spatula carving, Tim was great and very patient with us newbies, also had coffee and snacks! Great day, great place, will be coming back.

Janita Mistry Oct 2023

Tim is a great teacher and we loved his dry sense humour!
The class provides you with all the tools required to carve the spatula and knife. Tim teaches a variety of techniques to make both items and runs through them as many times as needed. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the class and would recommend to anyone, especially if looking for a new hobby. The class is great value for money and in any case being taught by someone who is passionate about what they do is priceless!

Anonymised ClassBento student Oct 2023

Tim was a friendly, funny, and very helpful tutor for this course. He managed to explain and show everything clearly and always ready to help. All around a wonderful experience and will definitely come back for other classes.

Ashley Stanton-Yonge Oct 2023

Great course! I would totally recommend it. Very nice introduction to manual woodwork with a very knowledgeable, helpful and enthusiastic teacher.

Mark Oct 2023

This was a fantastic day from start to finish. The venue was perfect for the 6 students and Tim, well what can I say, knowledgable, calm, confident and put everyone at ease. He explained everything, the tools we were using, source of the wood, how, why and only stepped in if required. We may have only made a 3 legged stool, but I am hooked, thanks Tim.

Kevin Summers Oct 2023

This one day course is fantasticyou arrive at 10 o’clock and leave at 6 o’clock with a three legged stool that you have made yourself with 90% traditional hand tools!….

Rhys Sep 2023

A great weekend in the workshop with Tim. Very relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, great fun learning various woodworking techniques and you end up with a lovely piece of furniture to take home. Highly recommended.

Cecile Marcotte Sep 2023

We loved the class, very fun and instructive, with two great teachers who were patient and very knowledgeable. Thank you again Alex and Tom!

Charles Sep 2023

I went on the knife making course with my son and it was superb! The teachers, Tom and Alex, were extremely knowledgeable and professional, the environment / tools / facilities were all of a very high standard, and I really can’t think how the day could be improved. If you have not been on one of these courses you’re really missing out

Mike Sep 2023

Tom and Alex were fantastic. Really enjoyed the day and I learned a lot. Thanks!

Maggie Aug 2023

An excellent class with a great instructor. We learned a whole lot of new skills

Archy Mellor Aug 2023

An excellent class. Informative and friendly instruction along with lots of tea, coffee and biscuits. Tim is a great teacher, with plenty of tips as you go to make your work better. A lovely setting to do some carving.

Emily Aug 2023

If someone is considering doing this, just go do it. Tim was an excellent teacher - both in terms of what he taught, how he taught it, and how good natured and good humoured he was while teaching us. He made the day super fun, and I learned a lot that I didn't expect to learn. He's very warm and personable, so even if you are coming solo - he'll make you feel very welcome. The venue is brilliant, and the materials are sustainably sourced and super high quality (and gorgeous wood). It was excellent value for money and I'd definitely recommend it and/or go to other classes with Tim. Thanks for everything Tim! Daisy +1, aka Emily ;)

Clarissa Fennell Jul 2023

Tim was a really great teacher and the workshop was very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend to anyone who is interested in trying some woodwork!

Lara Mason Jul 2023

Highly highly recommend this workshop! The process was really enjoyable and Tim is a brilliant teacher. Stepney Farm is also a lovely location - you can get a really good lunch from the café in your break and it's easy to get to. I'll certainly be back :)

Thomas Braibant Jul 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

The stool making class was amazing. Tim was a great teacher, attentive, friendly, on the lookout to make sure that the experience was smooth, while giving the attendees space & time to progress at their time. Great venue, with great food next door. Looking forward to coming back.

Georgia Jul 2023

Really nice teacher, lovely venue and had a great time creating my spatula! Thank you

Spatula and Butter Spreader Carving Workshop review by Georgia  - London

Charlotte Turner Jul 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

This class was great, set in a beautiful workshop on Stepney City Farm, and led by a really engaging and fun teacher. Everything was clear and explained well, and we all learned a lot. A really satisfying way to spend a day and highly recommended- and conveniently right next to a farm cafe for lunch afterwards. Looking forward to using what I made once it’s oiled!

Woodworking class review by Charlotte Turner - London

Kern Robinson Jul 2023

Tim is an excellent teacher and the workshop had a great vibe. Would recommend to anyone looking to get into woodcarving or just looking for a fun chill afternoon

Peter Basile Jun 2023

Tim is brilliant - a great instructor and fun to be with too. I’ll be recommending this course to all my friends.

Ciara Johnson Jun 2023

I can’t recommend the stool making workshop enough. Tim was incredibly friendly, easy to understand and gave great one on one support to all. I thought I’d botch it but was pleasantly surprised! I think it’s great value for money based on the amount you cover in the time given and you get a handmade stool out of it!

If you’re deliberating, I’d say just give it a go. The group was really lovely, and max people is 6 so it’s not too full on in number.

All in all, loved it and going to do more!

Woodworking class review by Ciara Johnson - London

Oli Brimacombe Jun 2023

Tim is a natural instructor/educator and clearly very knowledgable. The class was easy to follow with the simple and clear instruction, overall a great experience and I may have found a new hobby to delve into with the help of Tim! I will definitely be back

Ben Hext Jun 2023

Class was great fun. Tom was very knowledgeable and helped me create a good quality knife! Would recommend to anyone looking for taste of metal and woodwork

Lushan Sun Jun 2023

The class had great variety - forging, sawing, carving, grinding etc. The teacher was very patient and spent a great deal of time with each of us and helping us when we couldn’t get something right. Would definitely recommend to friends.

Sandra Ogilvie May 2023

The teacher Tim was very helpful and had lots of patience. It was a nice relaxed environment to learn in. I very pleased with the stool I made and enjoyed the whole day. I learnt how to carve the wood to create my stool. I will definitely be looking to take more classes.
Thanks Tim.

Daniel Cullingham May 2023

Really great class. Tim the teacher was great and very knowledgable and made the class relaxing and a nice experience
Would definitely do another one

Simon Williams Apr 2023

Tim was excellent. The location is fantastic. The course was fabulous. I’d recommend this course to anyone interested in learning woodworking the traditional way.

Federeico Nannini Apr 2023

Great Sunday! Really enjoyed Tim’s workshop and all the tips learned around traditional wood work. Don’t pick this course if you expect mechanical tools and glue, this is really about the essence of the material and how to treat it according to its natural properties.

Woodworking class review by Federeico Nannini - London

Marc Meryon Apr 2023

Patient, helpful and expert guidance throughout the day from Tim - really enjoyable course and everyone went home happy with their completed handiwork

Anastazja Harding Mar 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Enjoyed the experience very much. Attention to everyone's hot working techniques was very much appreciated and I felt like my skills improved throughout the day. Everyone took home a functional blade and a sense of achievement.

Sara Abdulla Mar 2023

Awesome day. Thank you so much. Tom & Tom super patient and inspiring. Highly recommend.

Marc Boucherat Mar 2023

Tim was a great teacher, relaxed, knowledgeable and funny. Good venue, easy to get to and plenty of facilities on site. All materials and tools provided were good and because the teaching was good and the group small (5 participants) we all achieved a lot! Excellent value and a really satisfying day… thanks

Jamie Laws Mar 2023

Tim was an excellent educator and all round down to earth person. Very approachable and clearly passionate about woodworking, answering all related queries in detail and in layman’s terms. Explaining why we used certain material and tools. Would highly recommend to anyone (coming from someone with no woodworking skills or background). And you come away with a new statement piece for your home. Also nice being in the setting of Stepney City Farm, really created that extra bit of immersion, rather than a generic municipal style building.

Woodworking class review by Jamie Laws - London

Mike Hulme Mar 2023

An excellent day and I really enjoyed my experience.
Tim is an exceptional tutor being highly personable and extremely capable. The traditional skills taught are hugely interesting and very important in that such techniques of woodworking deserve to be preserved and shared. The tutorial group cohort were great and the workshop atmosphere most pleasant. I would thoroughly recommend undertaking a course at the Green Wood Guild - immerse yourself in traditional craft skills.

Federico Spinella Mar 2023

Knowledgeable and patient instructor ready to help.
Tim was great in explaining how to use the tools (safely and effectively) and providing feedback throughout the workshop.

Jeremy Shaverin Mar 2023

Tim was an excellent teacher! Encouraging and patient, and just a lovely guy. I had a great day and now have a brilliant bowl to treasure.

Marc Meryon Mar 2023

Really friendly tutor (Tim), very engaged class and very productive- a great day and I’m looking forward to doing another one. Thank you very much.

Max Sconyers Jan 2023

I had a great time. Wonderful course and wonderful teacher. Highly recommend.

Nicholas Gardiner Jan 2023

Fabulous experience, really knowledgeable, friendly and inclusive teaching. A relaxed atmosphere to spend a day and walked out with something I’m really proud of.

Woodworking class review by Nicholas Gardiner - London

Charlie Fairhurst Jan 2023

Thoroughly informative and enjoyable day. Great place, excellent teaching and a remarkably good stool at the end of it

James Turnbull Jan 2023

This class was absolutely AMAZING. Tim is a fantastic teacher and the whole set up is great. This was my first experience of wood work and the day was so enjoyable. I would most definitely recommend this and the 2 day workshop looks great too!

Spencer King Jan 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Teacher was grateful and very patient with us - couldn't recommend more. Very professional finish to the stool.

Kevin Summers Jan 2023

Tim runs the course with a lot of enthusiasm,he caters for people of all standards including beginners everyone is introduced to a vast selection of tools though the day.A lot of people new each other on this course as they were members of the popular Spoonclub also run by Tim.Everyone left with beautifully crafted bowl and had a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Isabelle Maltzan Jan 2023

The teacher was great and we enjoyed the day very much. Tim spend his time equally between everyone so that we felt supported and well looked after. Obviously, it is very expensive, so for me it is something you can only do for a special occasion but it was well worth it.

Sue Dromey Jan 2023

My review is for the Kuksa/Bowl carving day. I did a kuksa.
First of all, Tim is a calm, welcoming, encouraging, skilled teacher, with a positive attitude, attuned to everybody, so no-one has to worry about making a mistake. He brought us all along at our own pace and was there to help when we needed it.
There was a variety of skill and a complete beginner in the group and we were all happy with our acheivements of one day. We did not completely finish and that is ok as carving a kuksa is quite a challenge. It was hard, rewarding work. Four of us in the group knew each other from Tuesday night Spoonclub and the 5th was welcomed into the camaraderie.
I think it would be a great course to do with a bunch of family or friends. Solo is also fine and no-one should be shy about coming on their own.
There was coffee, biscuits and breaks throughout the day and some of the group brought cake and cheese and bread too. The cafe was open and the Saturday market was on. We also saw the goats on their daily walk!
We were working with alder which is a safe bet for bowls and kuksas.
I enjoyed everything about the day. It produced a luisa and a healthy tiredness, born of creating with the hands. I went home to have an epsom salt bath. Thank you Tim x

Robbie Hopper Jan 2023

Good teacher and good pace. Easy 5 stars

Bowl Carving Woodworking Class review by Robbie Hopper - London

Amaryllis Roper Jan 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended

The kuksa carving class today with Tim was brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Tim is an excellent teacher. He explains and demonstrates things very well. A great day and I hope to do more.

Marc Meryon Jan 2023

Really enjoyable day - expert and friendly guidance and great chat. Definitely recommended Many thanks - I will do more!

Kate Pemberton Jan 2023

This was a great class – lots of fun. The teacher was excellent, very clear and friendly. I love the setting on the farm in the middle of the city. We were offered tea or coffee and biscuits too! I am very pleased with my spatula and would enjoy doing further woodworking classes.

Spatula and Butter Spreader Carving Workshop review by Kate Pemberton - London

Donna Blackburn Jan 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Loved it and the teacher was brilliant Plus we got tea and biscuits ! Can’t wait to do more !

Spatula and Butter Spreader Carving Workshop review by Donna Blackburn - London

Leo Mercer Jan 2023

Tim was awesome, super knowledgeable and lovely person, will be back to do another one :)

Terry Jones Nov 2022

Great teacher. Relaxed atmosphere. Ended up with a lovely stool.

Alex Rinsler Nov 2022

This was the best craft experience I've had. The teachers coached us through every step brilliantly. I left feeling inspired and proud of my achievement.

Eddie Wright Nov 2022

The class was very good. Tom and Tim, the instructors, were both very knowledgeable and were able to clearly pass on the details of what we needed to do at each stage.

I enjoyed the class and at the end of the day had successfully forged and fitted a sharp wood caring knife.

Adrian Nov 2022

Everything was great organised and perfectly timed. I wish we had more time to learn about the details about the material used (steel types etc.) and to get to know more about blacksmiting. The foundation theory should be covered, maybe by some fun interactive talk/quizes.
If we had bit more time it would have been good to have more interaction between participants and the teacher to create the bound and further motivation.
In general I would reccomend the course and the venue to anyone interested in carving in wood and getting to work with steel.
I came back with a great and sharp small knife.
I'm looking forward to see more courses for blacksmithing in particular at this venue!

Junjie Lu Nov 2022

This is my second time here. Tim is nice as always, and the venue is well equipped. I am very satisfied with the stool! This workshop left a super good memory for me!

Stool Making Workshop review by Junjie Lu - London

Laura Huws Nov 2022

I really enjoyed the stool making day workshop, Tim was very knowledgeable and patient, and also great with accommodating everyone’s different ideas. I would definitely recommend!

Skye Corewijn Nov 2022

Such a good day! Tim was a great teacher, super helpful and patient. It’s amazing to walk in with no experience at all, and leave with something beautiful you’ve made. Makes for the perfect gift for someone who enjoys working with their hands.

Woodworking class review by Skye Corewijn - London

Rob Lake Nov 2022

A really great day. Tim's a very good instructor - just the right balance of telling and showing you how to do things, then letting you get on with it and gently keeping an eye on how you're getting on and helping out when needed. Stepney City Farm is a lovely location too. I thoroughly recommend this class.

Claire Mitchell Nov 2022

What a great class, I can't believe I made a stool in just one day! Tim is a great teacher and supports you throughout the whole workshop and gives you lots of information so you could go away and make your own stool at home if you wanted to. I really recommend classes at the Green Wood Guild, plus you get to see the animals on the farm in the breaktimes.

Woodworking class review by Claire Mitchell - London

Junjie Lu Nov 2022

It was a great woodworking class and a very fulfilling day! Although this was my first time doing it, with Tim's help, I got it done and I think it's pretty good. It's on a farm, everything is so good. This course is for everyone!

Woodworking class review by Junjie Lu - London

Rob Lake Oct 2022

A fantastic day. Tim’s a great teacher, and Stepney City Farm is a great location. Altogether a very rewarding experience,

Bowl Carving Woodworking Class review by Rob Lake - London

John Pickett Oct 2022

Tim is a great teacher and the course was well structured and great fun - and very pleased with the results. Highly recommended

Olanike Ojo Oct 2022

Tim was an excellent teacher, concise,patient. He explained each step well. Also it was a fun day, an interesting class and I loved my end product stool. Loved the farm venue too, lots to do during the lunch break, and there was a farmers market on too! The wood Tim provided was very good quality, my stool will probably be around a long time! I learned that I like working with wood! I would like to do more work with wood but not sure what. All in all a good day had. Thanks Tim.

Ivelin Iliev Oct 2022

Enjoyed all the day
Very friendly and welcoming!
Learn so many new things.
Thank you

Sergio Linares Oct 2022

Awesome experience with Tom, he is great giving you trough the whole process. The place is full of material and tools to use, can't wait to try the next workshop.

Alexander Lovell Oct 2022

I made a bench to fit my balcony. It was a work out physically and mentally. I have come away with new skills, new friends and a new bench! What else can you wish for?!

Bench Making Workshop review by Alexander Lovell - London

Jean Oct 2022

It was a really enjoyable day. It is hard work but really satisfying. Tim is teaching in a really relaxing way and makes sure everybody will finish the project on time.
It is really the best time spent if using your hands is your thing.

Steve Baines May 2022

These was a great class in a lovely setting expertly tutored by Tim.

Francis Marshall May 2022

A fantastic day that, quite simply, flew by. Tim is a great trainer. He took us step by step through the process of making our bowls and Kuska cup. He was patient and extremely helpful. The workshop is set up really well and I never knew that there are so many tools that can be used for wood carving. Thank you

Bowl Carving Woodworking Class review by Francis Marshall - London

Daniel Brady May 2022

Tom was a great instructor. He gave us the important information and training without overloading us, and he was happy to explain more, answer questions, and help us achieve specific results with our knives. He kept us moving at a good pace, and rather than rushing the folks whose knives were progressing slower than others he simply helped us catch up so we could all stay on track together. I would love to take another of his workshops, if he does any others.

The woodcraft workshop at Stepney Farm is a small space but well-suited to classes like this, and the atmosphere of the farm itself really sets the tone for a day of woodcraft. All materials were provided and more than adequate for our purposes.

The workshops at the Green Wood Guild are expensive, but I don't think they are unreasonable for the experiences I've had. You're paying for 8+ hours of personal instruction from an experienced craftsman, plus the cost of the materials and exclusive use of the woodworking studio and its resources. You also get to take what you make, not just what you learn. So if you're like me and can afford to spend money on passions but aren't certain woodcraft is for you, I'd recommend these workshops: the instructors are quite passionate about what they're teaching you, so even if they don't end up passing along their passion to you, you'll at least have a good time.

Knife Forging Workshop review by Daniel Brady - London

Charlie Woolley May 2022

A really engaging and challenging day learning new skills and developing techniques. Fantastic location.
Patient and communicative instructor.
Most important of all we got to make a knife! Highly recommended.

Woodworking class review by Charlie Woolley - London

Will Allen May 2022

Great class, great venue!
Very well structured and relaxed.
The pace was perfect for everyone.
Tom is a fantastic teacher and explained quite a technical process very clearly and simply.
I did the course on a Saturday and the farmers market was on at the farm, so there was a really nice atmosphere. Lots of nice areas to relax and enjoy the sunshine.

Baptiste Cota Mar 2022

Great experience! Learned a lot

Jo Yu Mar 2022

Love the workshop! Super happy with the knife. Can't wait for the next one.

Zoe Horne Mar 2022

Clear, excellent guidance pitched at the right level for me and I think the rest of the group.pacing of the day worked well. Ended up with a knife I am so proud of.thank you

Ramone Anderson Feb 2022

I had a really great experience at the workshop. It was my first time woodworking and Tim made it enjoyable and gave me techniques and information for taking woodwork further if I so wished. The workshop is on a nice little city farm with a really nice cafe on site (although the cafe is a tad pricey the food was tasty!). All materials were provided by the workshop and I walked away with a wooden bowl that I carved myself and I couldn't be happier!

Woodworking class review by Ramone Anderson - London

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