The craft of green tradition

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TRADITIONAL woodland crafts are set to be taught at a Durham City college.

The Houghall Campus of East Durham College is launching the range of new courses in green wood crafts.

Ten courses in traditional woodland craft skills will run between May and November this year.

Taught by tutor Andy Hogan, they will include an introduction to wood carving, spoon carving, tool sharpening, wooden bowl carving, shrink boxes, willow weaving structures and cleft ash gates.

They will also look at charcoal and firewood production and coppice woodland management.

East Durham College short courses administrator Julie Carmichael said: “We already have a great range of short courses we run, including smallholding skills, floristry, dry stone walling, horse care and amateur gardening.

“And now we look forward to move into a new area with this wide selection of green wood craft courses.”

The courses are between one and two days long and range in price from £75 to £175.

The cost includes tuition fees and all the materials you need.

For more information, including details of dates and pricing, contact Julie on 375 4716 or e-mail her at